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Kamenetz: Speed Camera Contract Good Deal for the County

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz says contract re-bidding was necessitated by the council lifting the limit on the number of cameras.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said Tuesday that he believes a new speed camera contract before the County Council is a good deal for the county.

Kamenetz made his comments following a news conference in Annapolis where he rolled out his and just hours before the council is to hold its .

"There is no chance that the county can lose money or dip into county funds," Kamenetz said.

currently receives $12,000 per camera per month. Patch reported last year that the county pays the vendor about collected by the county.

In October, Kamenetz, appearing on WYPR, told Dan Rodricks that the contract was .

"No, I don't think we have a good deal," Kamenetz said. "The problem with the contract is we pay a set amount."

Under the proposed contract, ACS would continue to lease cameras to the county but would be paid about $19 per ticket on every fine paid to the county.

The company was not the only bidder. Information about the number and identity of the other companies that bid on the contract was not immediately available. A county spokesman said the other bidders were disqualified—many because they lacked necessary certifications required by state law.

Kamenetz said the new contract, which allows for adding seven new speed cameras and seven new red light cameras by June, takes advantage of a new attorney general's opinion allowing counties to pay contractors a percentage of the fines collected.

He said that the original contract was based on a different opinion that prohibited that practice.

Several council members said they intend to during today's work session.

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Bill Howard January 13, 2012 at 12:10 AM
@ISMELL AFISH These double dippers are part of the Ruling Party of Maryland. You as a citizen must play your role. That role is to shut-up, pay all the taxes they ask for, and keep voting for the Ruling Party. OR We can keep fighting the power and be prepared for their abuse.
Paul Amirault January 13, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Good/bad deal is simple to calculate. How many tickets were written and a fifth grader will figure it out for you! Can't the council figure that out?
Joan Wood January 13, 2012 at 02:11 PM
The Sun paper recently did an article on the top ten money earning Lobbyist working in Maryland. With earnings up to and exceeding $1 million. Guess who two on the list work for? Give up? ACS State and Local Solutions..........I think all your questions have been answered, and BTW.........serveral had also worked on staff for Busch. So it's the same old song..........it's not what you know, but who you know if you want to make money.....especially in Maryland politics..........I personally think it's shameful...but then what do I know? I'm not a Democrat.
Buck Harmon January 13, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Now THAT'S interesting....
Buzz Beeler January 13, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Buck, that is more than interesting. Joan, great job on that find! I wonder if that issue was the reason for some inside concern within the administration that caused some problems with these contracts. When this east side story breaks it could cause tremors to Towson and beyond but it falls in line with this administration and the systemic way they operate.

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