City Councilwoman Sue Lovell has identified a cancer in our midst in the ongoing battle to keep Houston fiscally fit during these recessionary times.
As she puts it in her latest newsletter, graffiti eradication is costing this city perhaps hundreds of thousands of dollars. She urges these paint sprayers to stop, but if they won't then she encourages their fellow residents to turn them in to authorities. There may even be a reward.
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Here's her pitch:
This weather has been incredible. But unfortunately, the graffiti is in full bloom, too--and it's not pretty. At a time when we at the City of Houston are struggling with a budget shortfall, cutting library hours, and doing everything we can to ensure we do not have to lay off one city employee, we will now have to spend thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of dollars for graffiti abatement. I am asking all of you to please report graffiti you see to 311. I am asking the graffiti taggers to stop and to join their fellow Houstonians in our efforts in cutting the budget shortfall. The money spent on graffiti abatement could be used in more productive ways, such as keeping a library open longer hours.
She goes on to say that graffiti is a crime and if you know a tagger, then call Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713.222.TIPS and report it. "You might even get a reward."