Senate approved a bill Monday, July 11, intended to put a cap on one of
Oregon’s most notorious speed traps.
by Sen. Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, the bill limits how much money the city of
Coburg, a town of about 1,000 people north of Eugene, is allowed to generate
through speeding fines on traffic along Interstate 5.
to The Associated Press, the cap of 10 percent of the city’s general
fund would cut the Williamette Valley town’s revenues by about $180,000.
of the bill – SB1074 – said Coburg relies too heavily on traffic fines to pay
for city services compared to most cities.
A survey by the League of
Oregon Cities, found traffic fines represented about 4 percent of the average
Oregon town’s general fund, with only six of those cities relying on traffic
fines for more than 10 percent of their general fund with one reaching as high
as 16 percent, Prozanski told legislators prior to the chamber’s vote on the
bill. In contrast, 25 percent of Coburg’s general fund comes from traffic
lesson here is, don’t rely on operating an I-5 speed trap to fund your city
services, because there’s a day when the people say you’ve squeezed this lemon
just a little too hard,” Sen. Ted Ferrioli, R-John Day, told The AP before the vote.
The bill now heads to the
Assembly for further consideration. If approved there, it would go to Gov. Ted