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Cleveland City Council passes ordinance to put traffic cameras on November ballot

On Wednesday morning, Cleveland City Council members held an emergency meeting regarding the city's traffic cameras.

The council members voted to put the traffic cameras on the November ballot.

At issue, was whether traffic cameras would be placed on the November ballot or be part of a special election, which could cost the city thousands of dollars.

Last month, a group who opposes the traffic cameras obtained enough signatures to let voters decide if the traffic cameras should stay or go.

Cuyahoga County for Liberty, Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST), Black on Black Crime, Inc., and Liberate Ohio worked together to collect more than 12,000 signatures.

The City of Cleveland has always maintained the cameras are strictly for safety purposes. 

"The City of Cleveland's automated traffic camera program is a valuable tool for improving public safety. We believe it has positively influenced driver behavior.  We will continue to work within the legal process established for voter referendums," the city said, in a statement. 

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