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Waterloo looks to cash in on speeding tickets & other traffic violations

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The City of Waterloo is looking to cash in on your speeding tickets. 

Monday, the city council approved a resolution to have officers write tickets under city codes, instead of state codes, when applicable.

The resolution comes as one solution to the city's budget issues.

It was clear earlier this year, during the lengthy discussion over the FYE2019 budget, that Waterloo is in need of some additional income sources.

Councilman Bruce Jacobs says the city should stop sending a majority of traffic violation fees to the state.

According to Chief Dan Trelka, the officers can decide to write a traffic violation like a speeding ticket under a city or state code.

Waterloo City Clerk, Kelly Felchle says often the language at the state and city levels are the exact same.

"If we are the ones paying, if the taxpayer is the ones paying for the police officer, the vehicles, the equipment, the training for them, then when possible the revenue generated from those tickets should go to the Waterloo Police budget," said Jacobs.

According to Jacobs, in some cases, the fine may actually be cheaper for drivers when written under city code.

However, indictable offenses like drinking and driving must be written under state codes.

Chief Trelka provided KWWL with last year's numbers. In 2017, the department wrote 3,555 citations which total, with court costs and surcharges fees, $838,750.

But according to Chief Trelka's numbers, only a  $106,962 of that total went to the city, the rest went to the state.

The resolution was passed by city council in a 4-3 vote.

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