It’s official, Arizona’s state-wide Photo Enforcement program is a Tax

We here at have long asserted that Arizona’s network of Scameras and Talivans were little more than a tax on the people, despite DP$’ claim that the program was all about safety.

But now it’s official, the DP$ regards the money generated by the Photo Enforcement program as tax dollars.

In today’s Arizona Republic there was a follow-up article about Dave Vontesmar, better known as the Monkey Mask guy. Vontesmar irritated DP$ so much that they placed him under an elaborate and expensive surveillance scheme, despite looming budget cuts and layoffs,  just to get video of this guy driving with a mask on.

In the article, when asked if Vontesmar could simply move out of state to avoid the fines, DP$’ statistician-with-a-badge Lt. King was quoted as saying:

“We are a free society and you can move if you want to, but these are our tax dollars…”

There you have it, straight from a high ranking DP$ official, the money generated from the program is a tax. Thank you Lt. King for clearing that up for us.


14 Responses to It’s official, Arizona’s state-wide Photo Enforcement program is a Tax

  1. RPr says:

    Arizona Treasurer Calls Speed Cameras Unconstitutional
    Arizona State Treasurer Dean Martin wants a court challenge to the statewide speed camera program.

    Dean MartinAnother top elected official in Arizona has spoken out against photo radar in response to increasingly vocal resistance from the driving public. State Treasurer Dean Martin (R) on Monday wrote to the state’s solicitor general instructing her to side with the League of Cities and Towns — and against himself — in a lawsuit brought against the state budget. As custodian of the state’s monies, Martin is a defendant in the suit which argues that several of the revenue-raising provisions in the $9.9 billion budget adopted in June were unconstitutional.

    “The governor and legislature cannot raise taxes or ‘log-roll’ provisions into the budget that violate the constitution,” Martin explained in a statement. “These laws are unconstitutional since they did not receive the 2/3 majority vote of the legislature which is required to raise taxes.”

    At the direction of Governor Janet Napolitano (D), the budget included an amendment creating a $165 “civil penalty” that would apply to tickets issued by up to 200 speed cameras deployed on freeways throughout the state. The program was designed to generate $165 million in annual revenue and help bring the state’s books into balance. Martin singled out this provision, which was adopted without debate in the legislature, as “a tax increase without a 2/3 vote” (view text of photo radar law). Article 9, Section 22 of the state constitution requires a super-majority vote on legislation that creates a net increase in state revenue from “any new state fee or assessment” or tax.

    Napolitano has wasted no time in getting her photo radar plan operational. She ordered the first 42 mobile ticketing units stationed every twenty miles on Interstates 10 and 40 over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. This means that an out-of-state family, unaware of the new program, could be hit with a total of twenty tickets while traveling with the flow of traffic between California and New Mexico. With court fees, the total cost of the citations would $3700.

    A copy of the letter to the Arizona Solicitor General is available in a 75k PDF file at the source link below.

    Source: PDF File Letter to Mary OGrady (Treasurer, State of Arizona, 11/24/2008)

  2. Stacey says:

    Holy crap,Who, you are an anarchist?

  3. J.E. Andreasen says:

    Anarchism: The quaint notion that other people’s lives are not your property.

  4. glyphhunter says:

    Indeed, the quote is an excerpt. But scarier is the entire quote…

    “these are OUR tax dollars, that court is OURS, this agency is OURS..”

    As far as Lt. King is concerned, the money, the court, and the agency are not by/for the people, but for the government.

  5. 4409 says:

    I read the same article. He also stated, “These are our courts.”

    DPS is a straight up federal gang and after the initiation you get your badge and a dumb costume with a straw hat.

    I’m beginning to think the abbreviation DPS stands for Dipshits

  6. mark flynn says:

    I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought
    this post was great. I don’t know who you are but certainly you are going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!

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