Cedar Rapids will keep more of the revenue from automated traffic cameras when they are eventually reactivated, while the third-party vendor that runs the program has agreed to a smaller cut as part of a contract extension approved by the Cedar Rapids City Council on Tuesday.
The contract with Sensys Gatso USA Inc., formerly just Gatso USA, is extended from April 1 to Dec. 31, 2021. The agreement also notes the name change to Sensys Gatso USA.
Under the plan, the Beverly, Mass.-based company would receive $20 from each $75 speed ticket and $22 from each $100 red light ticket, while the city would keep $55 per speeding ticket and $78 per red light ticket. That is a swing of $5 less per ticket to Gatso and $5 more per ticket kept by the city. That could translate to a $500,000 shift based on the 100,000-plus tickets that were being issued annually when the cameras were ticketing.