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Flagstaff considers graffiti ordinance to make property owners foot the bill

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Flagstaff officials are considering a proposal that
would allow the city to clean up graffiti but stick property owners with the

The Arizona Daily Sun reported that the Flagstaff City
Council will discuss the ordinance Tuesday that they believed would discourage
graffiti activity.

Officials said property owners would be required to clean up graffiti within
five days after being notified. Otherwise, volunteers from the city’s Graffiti
Busters program will.

The volunteers, under the ordinance, would be able to enter a property but not
any buildings. The graffiti would have to be visible to the public.

The owners would be billed for the cleaning and have 30 days to pay. If they
don’t pay, the city could place a lien on the property.

Officials said getting permission has been difficult because the owners are
often unavailable or live out of state.

The ordinance would make graffiti a misdemeanor. Offenders could possibly get
six months in jail or a $2,500 fine.

Property owners wouldn’t have to pay, however, if the perpetrator of the
graffiti is caught.


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