“It is not a surprise to them that on June 28, 2019 the trial court is going to issue an order that they pay $3 million-plus dollars,” Engel said. “This is not like coming out of the blue, they’ve had seven years to prepare for this inevitability.”
After the old speed camera program was discontinued due to the court’s order, the village instituted a new speed camera program. The village has issued $1.5 million in fines since 2016 and received $986,170 after the third party took its cut.
New Miami’s attorney, James Englert, said it would mean ruin for the village if Oster reversed himself on the 10-year plan.
“Ordering a payment of that immediately would mean, if not the end of the village, then it would mean an incredible restriction on all of the citizens and lack of services,” Englert said. “The court rightly thought that was not the right thing to do.”
If Oster reaffirms his decision on the 10-year payback Engel said the village would have to come up with about $400,000, depending on the interest amount Oster sets.
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A driver who got a speeding ticket in July 2013 can expect a check for about $70, interest and attorneys fees included. If the pay-over-time decision stands, Engel has said they will likely send payments to the first 10 percent of all the class members who got tickets.
Engel said if the 10 year repayment plan is approved they will appeal it to the 12th District. The village will appeal the final judgment.