City officials in east TN community enjoying speed camera revenue

BLUFF CITY, Tenn. (AP) - Bluff City officials are enjoying the extra revenue from speed cameras that have generated more than $1.6 million in a little over a year, but the windfall could be short-lived.

Between Jan. 1, 2010, and May 31, 2011, the cameras on U.S. Highway 11E in Piney Flats issued 39,923 citations to drivers, including now Gov. Bill Haslam, who was ticketed last year when he was caught speeding during his campaign.

According to the Bristol Herald Courier ( ), the tickets netted the city nearly $1.6 million - an amount equal to eight times Bluff City's total property tax collections from the last fiscal year - during that period.

Purchases with the money include a new support truck for the city's rescue squad and putting a shelter over a caboose in the city park.

But Interim City Manager Judy Dulaney said the two biggest accomplishments are funneling about a fourth of the money directly into the city's existing operations budget and putting some away for a rainy day.

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