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St. Louis County Council to consider ban on red light cameras Tuesday

Council members members plan to conduct a first reading of the bill to ban cameras. If the bill passes, it'll be on the November ballot

CLAYTON, Mo. — The St. Louis County Council is moving forward with an idea to ban red light cameras anywhere in the county.

At Tuesday’s scheduled county council meeting, members plan to conduct a first reading of the bill to ban cameras.

The move comes after St. Louis city leaders announced late last year they want to bring them back to improve safety.

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"I see it as a desperate situation for the city of St. Louis to find another revenue source,” Councilman Mark Harder(R) said.

"It's not safety. It's about the money,” Councilman Tim Fitch(R) said.

Fitch and Harder are two of the bill’s sponsors. If the bill passes, the issue will be on the November ballot for county voters to decide.

The county council has a like-minded leader across the river.

Illinois' comptroller announced Monday her office will no longer help 60 Chicago suburbs collect red light camera fines, citing corruption.

Previously, the office withheld the unpaid fines from drivers' tax returns.

"This is inherently a broken system. It's time that it be put to rest,” Comptroller Susana Mendoza said.

St. Louis city is still exploring the option of bringing back the cameras. They’re currently reviewing proposals, a spokesman said.

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