For several years when speed cameras were rolling in New Miami, the village was flush with cash, and since the cameras stopped rolling, so did big revenues. But voters on Tuesday denied a new levy to shore up finances.
The village of New Miami, Ohio, has been fighting -– and losing -- a legal battle over its speed camera program since 2013. The state Court of Appeals and Supreme Court have already turned aside multiple procedural appeals.
The five-year-old New Miami speed camera case will proceed to a judgment for the estimated 33,000 speeders who say they are owed $3.2 million due to the unconstitutional program.
New Miami is asking a judge to reconsider the constitutionality of its old speed camera program, or at least reduce its liability to $1.8 million instead of $3-plus million.