Columbia is barely turning a profit on its system of red-light cameras, according to a new article:
The Columbia Missourian reports the city collected $158,515 from red-light camera tickets in the latest fiscal year. But after paying associated expenses, the city recorded only about $18,000 in net revenue.
Of course, officials would argue that money really isn't the point -- that red-light cameras help prevent wrecks. The Missourian notes that wrecks have declined by 10.6 percent at intersections that have those cameras.