WASHINGTON – Today the District of Columbia Republican Party issued the following statement in response to findings by AAA Mid-Atlantic:
The AAA Mid-Atlantic found $321,498,288 in uncollected revenues from traffic cameras, parking tickets and moving violations from FY 2011 to FY 2014. In FY 2014 alone, there is a delinquent ticket value of $55,313,586.
DC Republican Party Chairman José Cunningham stated, “The DC Council loves spending money. It’s rare when they truly examine the consequences of their legislation. With regard to these uncollected traffic and parking tickets, some people pay and some people don’t. That doesn’t seem fair to me.” Cunningham went on to say, “Whether you think photo enforcement tickets are about safety or revenue, recipients have the right to adjudicate but they don’t have the right to ignore the tickets. Either way, the District government gets a grade of F.”
DC Republican Ward 3 Chairman, longtime activist and fiscal watchdog, Robert Hyman stated, “I have brought this issue of uncollected tickets to the attention of various District government agency officials and elected council members with little response if any. Having a city council that is dominated by one party seems to eliminate accountability on such issues.” He continued, “Neither the DC Department of Public Works nor our elected leaders seem to be serious or concerned about the lack of collection of such a large sum of money”. With the DC Council’s recent outrage over lost revenue from malfunctioning cameras maintained by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Mr. Hyman asked, “Who made the decision to purchase and then task MPD with the maintenance responsibilities for these cameras, instead of an incentivized and qualified contractor?” He added, “This is about rule of law and accountability.”
Echoing Mr. Hyman’s concerns of one party rule, DC GOP Executive Director Patrick Mara noted, “Plain and simple, a one-party town allows our elected officials to simply ignore the collection of hundreds of millions of dollars. The Council will likely increase taxes and fees this year on individual taxpayers and businesses to make up for a revenue loss. Meanwhile, they leave well over a quarter billion dollars on the table.”
For further information or comments, contact Patrick Mara at (202) 276-5859 or Patrick.Mara@dcgop.com.
The DC Republican Party is made up of registered Republicans living throughout the District of Columbia in all eight wards who are nominated and elected to serve as members of the central committee.
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