Enlightening Commentary

Whoa, Dude! No Way!

Posted on October 25, 2013

van Rosy budget estimates are nothing new, in fact they’re the norm. Last year it was announced that the CPD would start issuing tickets for marijuana use/possession instead of the usual arrest, trial, and all of that. The idea was it was not only going to save money, but generate lots of revenue. As usual, it didn’t happen that way:

“Chicago Police issued just 1,117 tickets for small amounts of marijuana in the first 14 months of decriminalization — and the cash-strapped city has collected only 21 percent of the $310,755 in fines, records show.”

21% of $310,755 is $67,256. Estimated revenue for the first year, $1 million, easy. Whoops.

“The mayor’s office didn’t respond to questions about the low collection rate for fines. But historically, the city has had a tough time collecting for similar administrative fines ranging from loud noise to fly dumping. In the case of pot tickets, the person may be thumbing their nose at the fine or doesn’t have the wherewithal to pay it.

Yet, somehow, the mayor expects to collect millions and millions from speed and red light cameras. We’re betting we’ll see the same shortfall here as well, dude.

-WHT

Posted on Oct 25, 2013 at 7:20AM

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