Many local governments thrived on the increased revenues from property taxes on new homes through 2007. It’s been downhill ever since, creating a real drag on local budgets.
City Controller Alan Butkovitz released an audit of Philadelphia’s Video Surveillance program that found the city spent $13.9 million for surveillance cameras but that only 102 of the 216 installed cameras were functioning properly. This has resulted in a cost to the city of $136,000 per operating camera. “The cost is exceedingly alarming, and outright excessive – especially when $13.9 million is equivalent to the cost of putting 200 new police recruits on our streets,” said Butkovitz.