An audit released last month shows that the city's revenue from municipal court fines
— largely traffic and parking tickets — took a plunge from 2008 to 2013.
In 2008, revenue exceeded $8 million;
last year, revenue totaled only $4.4 million
. The auditor's office found that the chief reason for this decline was that cops aren't writing as many speeding tickets: 28,250 in 2008 compared to 12,748 last year.
This is important, because it's a source of revenue for the city to spend providing services every year.
Causes for the reduction in fine revenue, according to auditors:
There were several possible reasons for the decline in fine revenue which we considered and have discussed in further detail below.
Change in police enforcement philosophy
Number of citations issued
Amount of fine revenue per citation
There's some pretty interesting findings in the audit, which you can read in full here: