Monona's mayor wants new officer, more tickets
Associated Press11:14 AM CST, November 16, 2008 MONONA, Wis. - If Monona's mayor has his way, a new police officer will focus only on speeders in this Madison suburb.
Mayor Robb Kahl says the officer's $77,000 salary and benefits package would be paid mostly through speeding tickets the person would write if the 2009 city budget is approved.
But some are questioning that plan.
The new officer would need to issue about 1,600 tickets at a minimum fine of $48 a piece -- almost one an hour.
Monona Police Chief Walter Ostrenga says he doesn't know if it's possible to write that many.
The department's 20 officers issued 416 speeding citations in the first 10 months of 2008.
Kahl says he doesn't expect it to completely balance, but wants the officer to issue at least three or four tickets a day.