Pine Lawn politicians using speed camera money for salaries

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PINE LAWN, MO (KTVI)-- The You Paid For It team investigates speed cameras in the tiny city of Pine Lawn.

Only about 3,200 people live in Pine Lawn, yet officials expect to collect nearly a million dollars off speed camera tickets.

Pine Lawn has some of the highest salaries of any community its size in the St Louis Area.

About six months after okaying the deal with the speed camera company, Pine Lawn alderman changed the job of the mayor from part time to full time.

They boosted his pay from $20,000 a year to $60,000 a year, a 200 percent increase that Mayor Sylvester Caldwell got after he won re-election.

Pine Lawn insists it will use the street camera money for streets not salaries. But the city administrator confirmed that the board can spend it however they want.

Citizens hate the dreaded cameras that have politicians smiling all the way to the bank.

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