Brother, can you spare… about $500?

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Brother, can you spare… about $500?

Here’s a new idea that seems to have sparked some interest lately. As reported by the Riverside Press-Enterprise, the city of Murrieta (Southern California, between L.A. and San Diego) is toying with the idea to donate the proceeds from their photo red light tickets to charity. Local Councilman Rick Gibbs proposed the idea during a meeting some weeks ago when the city council was considering the addition of more of these red light cameras for their city. The whole idea being that the cost of these type of tickets is outrageously high, nearly $500 which considering the state of the state and the cities we live in appears to be welcomed income in this day and age. Councilman Gibbs, apparently in agreement that these tickets are too expensive, suggested that the final “profit” be given to charity so as to show that these tickets are issued to prevent accidents and protect drivers rather than just bring in loads of cash. Consider that part of the total amount has to be sub-divided with the police department, the state, the county and the camera company; the city receives a percentage of the ticket amount. If this was to be given to charity, although not as much as the cost of the ticket, it would certainly help the needy. Well, if you are keeping track of current affairs one could say that the whole state of California could qualify as “the needy” but that’s another story for another day. Suffice it to say that if this comes to pass and you get a red light photo ticket in Murrieta… would you feel better knowing that your money is going to a good cause? And furthermore, as a charity “donation” is it tax deductible?

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