Even though the city is no longer giving out red light camera tickets, Boynton paid $5,769 in February on legal fees for the tickets.
Mayor Steven Grant mentioned the legal fees at this past week’s City Commission meeting. He asked for City Attorney Jim Cherof to total up all the outstanding red light camera tickets by the end of March so the commission can decide if they still want the tickets to be prosecuted.
Grant said while a ticket is $158, the hourly rate for the city attorney is $195.
Cherof said legal expenses for the tickets are decreasing, and will continue to, since the city no longer issues the tickets.
“You’ll see those numbers continuing to go down over the next few months and then disappear completely,” Cherof said.
However, there still are pending court cases. The court cases include one class-action suit in which the petitioners are asking for refunds.
Boynton was the last city in Palm Beach County to continue the red light camera program until commissioners decided to end it effective the start of 2016.