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The District of Columbia Government Has a Huge Surplus. Where'd It Come From?

This is fascinating. I am in a more rural area so Waze and Trapster may not be quite as useful in my home turf. But it might be interesting when I head toward Baltimore, Annapolis surrounds, and Washington, D.C. Got to check these out in some of my upcoming treks!

The District of Columbia Government has a really big surplus.  A windfall.  A surprise!  So where did this surprise windfall come from?

  • Red light cameras (lucrative)
  • Speed cameras  (lucrative)
  • Speed cameras in school zones  (unbelieveably lucrative)

So far, I've been lucky.  It's not that I stick to the unrealistically low speed limit.  But a few years ago, a member of the Pat's Old Boyfriends' Club (he used to be a sherriff in a little town in central Washington State) turned me onto a couple of iPhone apps, one called Trapster and the other Waze, which alert me to all of these moneymakers for the DC Goverment.  But until recently, I haven't been using them religiusly. 

But after I heard about the huge surplus and where it came from, I was determined not to contribute any more than the outrageous amounts of property and income taxes that I already pay to the DC coffers. 

So I started to plot my routes on Waze and look at it ahead of time.  And I was shocked at the number of cameras all over town!  There used to be one on 16th Street, one on MacArthur Boulevard and another on Arizona Avenue.  Now there are cameras all over the place.  16th Street, my main route around town, is a freakin' mine field!  Yikes!

So, now they're trying to figure out how to spend the money.  And I'm thinking spend?  How about lowering our taxes?

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Comment balloon 0 commentsCheryl Ritchie • March 26 2013 08:16PM