Ohio traffic cameras are finally back in operation in Cincinnati, and the cameras have been a huge success.
As of last week, the state’s police departments are spending $50 million on the cameras, up from $35 million the year before.
The cameras have helped Cincinnati cops to catch more than 4,500 people since the beginning of the year.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the city now has more than 700 cameras, more than any other city in the country.
It’s unclear what’s driving the increased spending.
It is possible the cameras are a blessing, but the city also has a $5.6 million budget shortfall and is looking to raise more.
The money raised will help cover costs for the cameras to keep them operational.
“Our budget is tight,” Police Chief Michael McGrath told the Cincinnati Times.
“There is always an ongoing budget conversation.
We have not raised the budget yet, but we are working toward it.”
He added, “There will be more cameras for a while yet, and we’ll continue to look for ways to increase our funding.”
In the end, Cincinnati’s budget has not increased much in the past decade.
In 2014, the Cincinnati city budgeted $11.3 million for its traffic cameras.
That was up $1.5 million from 2014.
In 2016, Cincinnati police spent just $2.7 million for their cameras.
In 2017, the number had grown to $10.2 million.
It was the highest annual budget increase since 2010.
But in 2018, the cameras actually fell slightly.
They were spending $9.9 million on them.
The Cincinnati Post reports that in 2018-19, the department spent $3.9 billion on traffic cameras and traffic enforcement.
That’s up $3 million from last year.
In 2019, they were spending just $1 million.
The city is still looking for new funding.
McGrath has a list of other issues he wants addressed, including the state of the police force.
He also said the department has a plan to increase its budget next year.
This may be the last year for the new cameras.
According the Cincinnati City Council, it is unclear if the city will continue to fund the cameras.
The state legislature, however, has indicated it may approve a budget for the city’s traffic cameras this year.