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Should businesses pay a "sign deposit"?

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

January 6, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany city commissioner has an interesting proposal to help get rid of blight.  Bob Langstaff says lots of old, useless signs clutter up the city. He proposes a "sign deposit".

When businesses want to put up a sign, they would have to pay a deposit to the city. If they move or go out of business, they would get the deposit back if they took the sign down.

Langstaff says another option is for the city to take charge of outdated signs and use them for public service announcements, promoting the city and its attractions.  He said, "They would just be out there as static displays, whether it's advertising the Riverquarium or Thronateeska or just welcoming people to the good life city, the signs are sitting there."

The city is also adopting a sign ordinance to deal with signage at Big Box developments such as Walmart.

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