“Should the plaintiffs prevail, the village would suffer financial ruin, exactly what the sovereign immunity statute intended to preclude,” the most recent court filing says.
The village’s former speed camera system — and its new one as well — was managed by a third party vendor that kept some of the revenue from the speeding ticket fines collected.
The village has collected $524,478 under the new program.
As of the end of April, the village had been billed more than $260,000 by its attorneys and had paid $253,537.
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Josh Engel, one of the speeders’ attorneys, says New Miami’s argument makes no sense.
“The constitution is intended to protect people from the government, yet New Miami would render the constitution meaningless by saying that municipalities can ignore the constitution and get the benefits of passing unconstitutional laws,” Engel said. “How can New Miami say that paying the money back will render them insolvent? Where did all the money go.”