Cleveland’s City Council says Mayor Jane Campbell’s plan to raise millions of dollars by issuing more traffic tickets is as unrealistic as it is unpopular, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Council President Frank Jackson said the city would have to write 118,000 more tickets this year to collect the $6.5 million Campbell hopes red-light cameras would generate. He and other council members argued that if they budget that money, and it doesn’t materialize, other safety programs would be jeopardized, including Campbell’s plan to rehire 45 laid-off police officers.
Campbell laid off 250 police officers last year as part of a plan to offset a massive deficit. Now she wants to rehire 45 officers using a federal grant that would pay one-third of their salaries.