Thanks to a Lakeland Local reader, attorney Kemp Brinson, we have an update to the Red Light Cameras Money Matters story.
In Fall 2008, I reported the formula used in the article. It was based on conversations with Lakeland city officials and an ATS representative. It was hinged on a monthly pool of citations. This morning, Brinson pointed out the contract was based on a daily pool of citations. In a conversation with the city this morning, they agreed the pool is daily.
In plain language, this is how the tier system will work (assuming all citations are 1st or 2nd citations:
ATS will receive $125 for the 1st nine citations each day (Tier 1)
ATS will receive $25 for each of the next 18 citations. Lakeland will receive $100 per those citations. (Tier 2)
ATS will receive $10 for each of the remaining citations for that day. Lakeland will receive $115 for those citations. (Tier 3)
Let’s look at 2 scenarios:
On Sunday, the nine cameras record 42 violations:
ATS will receive (9 * $125) + (18 * $25) + (15 * $10) for a total of $1725
Lakeland will receive (0 * $125) + (18 * $100) + (15 * $115) for a total of $3525
On Monday, the nine cameras record 12 violations:
ATS will receive (9 * $125) + (3 * $25) + (0 * $10) for a total of $1425
Lakeland will receive (0 * $125) + (3 * $100) + (0 * $115) for a total of $300
In other words, each day the city of Lakeland needs more than nine violations to receive any funds. Here’s a chart on what the city could make per day: