County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said Tuesday that he believes a new speed camera contract before the County Council is a good deal for the county.
Kamenetz made his comments following a news conference in Annapolis where he rolled out his legislative priorities for the 2012 session and just hours before the council is to hold its work session on the new contract.
"There is no chance that the county can lose money or dip into county funds," Kamenetz said.
ACS State and Local Solutions currently receives $12,000 per camera per month. Patch reported last year that the county pays the vendor about 95 cents of every dollar of the $40 per ticket fine collected by the county.
"No, I don't think we have a good deal," Kamenetz said. "The problem with the contract is we pay a set amount."
Under the proposed contract, ACS would continue to lease cameras to the county but would be paid about $19 per ticket on every fine paid to the county.
The company was not the only bidder. Information about the number and identity of the other companies that bid on the contract was not immediately available. A county spokesman said the other bidders were disqualified—many because they lacked necessary certifications required by state law.
Kamenetz said the new contract, which allows for adding seven new speed cameras and seven new red light cameras by June, takes advantage of a new attorney general's opinion allowing counties to pay contractors a percentage of the fines collected.
He said that the original contract was based on a different opinion that prohibited that practice.
Several council members said they intend to scrutinize the proposed contract's payment and fee arrangements during today's work session.