Many who travel through the city of Muscatine are probably aware of the traffic cameras at the intersections, especially if you’ve gotten a speeding ticket in the mail.
As for the five automated traffic cameras, the Muscatine City Council is considering whether to continue to use them. A decision will be made tomorrow.
The use of such cameras has been a hot topic throughout Iowa, with supporters saying the cameras reduce crashes, and opponents arguing they’re largely a money-maker for local governments.
The Iowa Department of Transportation has proposed rules limiting use of the cameras on state highways.
City staff recommends the council support use of the cameras.
Finance Director Nancy Lueck says the cameras generated about $662,000 for the city during the 2012-2013 fiscal year, which is actually down from $783,000 in the previous year.