Red Light Cameras and other taxes add millions to City Revenue. Turn out 5/16 and tell them they don’t need more property taxes!

The city of St. Petersburg Government is shedding crocodile tears over having a “$13 million shortfall” in property tax revenue last year. Seems they only talk about losses in their revenues and never talk about gains.  For instance, when the city was raking in more property tax dollars every year from 2000-2007, there was no public crises about “surplus” tax revenues with dozens of meetings on just how to give the money back to taxpayers!  There are plenty of current examples of increase revenue to the city these days too (follow link to 2012 St. Pete budget).  For instance, the city is projecting and additional $1.85 million in new revenue from Red light cameras.  Here are some more revenue increases:

  • Red Light Cameras $1.85 million – new for 2012.
  • Parking fee and fine revenue up $1.3 million since 2011.
  • Utility tax revenues are up about $2 million per year since 2008. 
  • Franchise tax revenues are also up about $2 million per year since 2008. 
  • Gas tax revenues are up about $1 million per year since 2007.
  • Water resource revenues up $3-8 million per year since 2008 (except in 2010).
  • Sanitation revenue up about $ 3million per year since 2006.

If you want to stop the unneeded hike in property taxes or a new fire fee, you need to show up at the budget meetings indicated below and make your voice heard!

Come and testify at the next meetings

or
be outnumbered by the

tax-hikers.

  • 5/16 Roberts Recreational Center 6 pm (1246 50th Ave. N.)
  • 6/13 Manhattan Casino 6 pm (642 22nd St. South)

Tax and Fee hikes for 2011-2012 local government budgets.

Prepared for more? If not, stand up and say no!

Meanwhile, on the home front, libraries, parks, police station construction and basic government services suffer while government employee benefits stay up and paid!

 

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One Reply:

  1. Matt

    The actual net revenues for red light cameras for 2012 will likely be under $900,000 given the current citation issuance rates and the only 68% payment rate of citations. The cameras are issuing citations at about 1/3 of the rate initially projected back in 2010. Keep in mind that the gross revenues do not include the cost of the cameras, which go to ATS(owned by Goldman Sachs) and constitute over half of what is left over after the state of Florida takes their cut.

    Dr. McKalip Responds:  THANKS MUCH FOR THIS IMPORTANT UPDATE!

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