“From a financial standpoint it would cost the village almost three times more than it generates to run that program,” Adams said. “Just from the financial aspect alone it would make it impossible for the village of New Miami to run that automated speed enforcement program, the village would effectively lose its entire police force.”
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office argues the state controls its own spending and has jurisdiction over lower courts. Assistant Attorney General Jeff Boucher told Howard Adams hasn’t offered any real evidence that the village will be irreparably harmed, one of the standards for an injunction.
“At one point counsel said it’s common sense that if you decrease your officers, safety is going to be affected,” Boucher said. “Common sense is not the standard in this hearing, clear and convincing evidence is, and there is no clear and convincing evidence to that proposition. And it’s not there because we don’t have any numbers.”