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Graffiti needs to be removed ASAP

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Albany city commissioners say five days is long enough for a business to sit tagged with graffiti. 

Tuesday morning, the commission tentatively approved a change to the current ordinance that will require businesses or home owners to remove graffiti from property within five days of it being discovered.    

They say graffiti promotes blight, encourages other crime, and projects an image of an unsafe community.    

They say quick removal sends a message that graffiti will not be tolerated.  Commissioner Jon Howard said, "We're certainly hoping that those that want to be taggers  or want-to-be's that they are arrested and they certainly will be fiend for putting up graffiti on public and private buildings. "    

Property owners will not be fined if they do not remove the graffiti.   The city plans to assign jail inmates to clean it up.

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