ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV.com) - According to a press release Wednesday, a motion was filed by Carl Bearden, the Treasurer for St. Charles County Citizens for Safer Roads, and Dan Rakers, Deputy Treasurer, to intervene in a lawsuit filed to overturn a ballot measure banning Automated Traffic Enforcement Systems, such as red light cameras and speed cameras.
The St. Charles County Citizens for Safer Roads is a grass roots organization that worked for passage of the Charter amendment.
The County Charter amendment was passed with nearly 73% of voters passing it.
“This action by the cities is simply a slap in the face of their resident voters who overwhelmingly approved the Charter amendment.” said Bearden in the release. “Not only are the cities saying the voice of their resident voters should be ignored and overturned, they are double taxing their residents to pay for the lawsuit. City residents pay county taxes to defend the suit and city residents are paying city taxes to sue the county.”
The intervention supports the validity of the County Charter amendment as provided for the Missouri State Constitution and the St. Charles County Charter itself.
Rakers said in the release, “These are the actions that make people shake their heads and initiates and deepens distrust of government actions. It’s clear the State Constitution and the St. Charles County Charter give the people the right to define the powers they grant to their governments. As a resident of St. Peters, it’s clear to me the voters of St. Peters and countywide have said they do not grant government the power to use automated traffic enforcement devices. That should be the end of the story. Sadly, it’s not.”
Bearden and Rakers argue that cities should listen to the voices of their voters and stop wasting tax dollars in lawsuits ignoring the voices of the voters.