The tax assessor is the stalking horse for elected officials. But officials now have a new cover: Speed cameras. When Baltimore City officials recently decided to install 45 new speed and red-light cameras, they imperceptibly shifted a portion of the city’s tax burden and potential revenue growth away from property owners and onto motorists. Those who are both could get a double whammy. The additional cameras will bring the total number in Baltimore to 165, with probably more to come as the merchants of menace scout additional locations.
DeFilippo: It’s Not About Traffic Safety, It’s About Revenue
February 9, 2021