When the Mayor was elected there was no such thing as tickets for overtime, shortly after he’s election he introduced the program. Source inside say he stated it’s not illegal, but it is controversial. For years the city balanced the budget with the tickets for overtime program. According to Talk of Detroit in 2004 the city wrote 26,622 tickets compare that to 2009 42,957. The state did come in and say that cities can not do this and for a while the Dearborn Heights Police Department was not. That is not the case anymore and the Mayor has said as much in study sessions. The Mayor in his plan has the justice center revenue up another 250,000.00 a number that department would come by mostly through traffic tickets. Councilman Berry point-blank said at a study session that he is sick and tired of balancing the budget on the residents back through traffic tickets. The more revenue declines the more pressure put on the police department to write those tickets. Making that department a very large source for the cities revenue.
Take this example in 2008 Gully rd was having work done on it, when you came from Michigan ave to turn on to Gully Rd there was a very small sign that said no thru traffic. No signs warning of a detour, or sign giving an alternate route. That one spot generated around 30,000.00 in on month for the city of Dearborn Heights there were so many making the turn that the police had them lined up on the side of the road waiting to get their tickets 15 and 20 at a time, the average ticket was $130.00 for impeding traffic. I bring this up because if you read the lawsuit filed against the city this all started with a simple Stop Sign Roll Thur. Now the city is being sued for 5 million dollars I don’t know if they will win, but you can imagine how much the attorney fees are at this point in the thousands I’m sure.
You can find the link to the lawsuit in the comment section under a comment made by Tom23.