KPD budget could take a hit after council votes to nix red light cameras.

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) According to Killeen City Councilman, Gregory Johnson the anticipated revenue earned from the red light cameras was already factored into the 2017 budget, and now that is revenue lost.

Johnson says KPD could stand to lose the most from that projected income.

"From my understanding a decent amount of those revenues can be used toward crime, like equipment and vehicles," said Johnson.

Councilman Dick Young said he was against using projected fees to balance the budget from the beginning.

"First, money should not be the basis behind laws or ordinances, and you can't live on projected fines, said Johnson.

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Since 2008, the city has made more than $3 million from seven red light cameras placed at five different intersections.

Nine bills are pending in Austin, however, that could change the operating rules for red light cameras, or eliminate the cameras altogether, city spokeswoman Hillary Shine said.

The cameras in Killeen are at the intersections of U.S. 190 and Stan Schlueter Loop; U.S. 190 and Trimmier Road; U.S. 190 and W.S. Young Drive; U.S. 190 and Fort Hood Road, and Lowes Boulevard and Trimmier Road.