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Phoenix introduces new anti-graffiti program

The City of Phoenix will introduce a program to clean up a neighborhood of recurring tagging.

“Graffiti Free Phoenix” is a pilot program targeting the areas from 43rd to 59th avenues between McDowell and Camelback roads.

Tim Boling of Neighborhood Services Department said the program will start July 1.

“Our goal in this is to get people that own property on major thoroughfares to be responsible and quick in removing graffiti when it occurs on their property,” he said.

Boling said the city’s “graffiti busters” will help out by cleaning the first three graffiti sites, but then the property owner would be responsible.

If the property owner fails to clean up, he or she could be fined at least $250.