A state law, passed last March, ended up costing tiny Linndale, home to the notorious I71 speed trap, their mayors court and now Linndale may be in financial trouble and grasping at any way to stay afloat.
Monday 19 Action News reporter Brian Duffy had the chance to sit down with Ohio State Senator Tom Patton, he helped write the legislation that basically shut down the Linndale mayors court.
They are still writing tickets but with the doors to mayors court shut down Linndale, he says, is struggling financially.
You had still better slow down through Linndale. The police there are still writing tickets, but without their own mayors court, the tickets now run thru Parma muni, Linndale has lost all that court cost revenue and they have to pay a Parma an administrative fee based on the number of cases called there.
"Suddenly they find themselves revenue challenged as I have been led to believe, this was a town that wrote over 800,000 in speeding fines," said Ohio State Senator Tom Patton.
So now in financial trouble Patton says Linndale voters -- less than 20 showed up to vote, he says, approved the use of speed cameras -- so he's working on legislation that would forbid speed cameras in small villages.
"If the only way they can stay open, their police department is by revenue tricks be it hiding in the shadows of 71 or setting up speed cameras on a couple of major roads in the area are they really serving the people," asked Ohio State Senator Tom Patton.
The solution to this problem Patton believes, Linndale should be seriously considering merging with the suburb of Brooklyn or the city of Cleveland.
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