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Provo's proposed ordinance steps up fight against graffiti

Provo's proposed ordinance steps up fight against graffiti



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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- The City of Provo is gearing up for a fight against graffiti.

The Municipal Council is considering an ordinance that would make the city the lead agency for cleaning up graffiti and collecting cleanup costs from the perpetrator. Stores that sell paint would also be required to post signs stating that "tagging" is a crime.

The measure is loosely based on one from Maricopa County, Ariz., but drops that county's requirement that merchants keep paints and markers in locked displays.

The ordinance would require graffiti to be removed within two days of being reported.

Councilwoman Sherrie Hall Everett says the move may not eliminate graffiti but will make taggers financially responsible.

The council will discuss the ordinance Tuesday.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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