$30M Drop In Ticket Revenue Has Councillors Seeing Red
City councillors are a little upset about a huge loss in Toronto Police ticket revenue.
On Friday during the executive committee’s 2014 budget update, city staff projected ticket revenues for 2014 will be $29.6 million less than expected.
Staff state the drop is mainly due to a reduction in traffic tickets issued by Toronto Police.
The city issued approximately 341,000 tickets in 2013 and are only projecting 218,000 tickets by end of 2014 — a 35% decrease.
Councillor Michael Thompson had this to say about the drop in ticket revenue:
“Many members on the executive committee have concerns with the fact policing revenue, in terms of ticketing revenue they’re responsible for under the highway traffic act, is down by $21 million. The question is why is that? We can’t seem to find any answers. We’ve been asking now for months, in fact about nine and a half months. We should all be very concerned about the loss of ticket revenue. Here’s the problem, $21 million in terms of deficiency for the city has to come from somewhere – it is going to affect daycare services, it is going to affect recreation services, it is going to affect services in general.”
Are “Warnings” on infractions like speeding and failure to stop at a stop sign more effective than a Ticket fine?