'It doesn't make any sense'; Woman says city's graffiti policy blames victims
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CREATED Jun. 21, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - It is ugly. It is unwanted. At times, it seems as if it's everywhere.
We're talking about graffiti.
One Tucson woman says she knows the nasty problem plagues our fair city, so shouldn't the city clean it up?
Beatriz Bright has lived in her east-side home for 30-plus years.
"I love my house," she said. "I try to keep it nice inside and out if possible."
But lately that's gotten harder and harder thanks to some new, frequent contributions on her back wall.
"Sometimes the graffiti can be really bad, you know, bad pictures or language," said Bright.
She says for years, the city took care of covering up the bad picture and language.
Now, she sees there's a new sheriff in town.
9OYS reporter Maggie Vespa asked, "How much sense does that make to you? Your house was vandalized, and now you might be punished?"
Bright responded, "Well, it doesn't make any sense."
A few days ago, bright got a 'Notice of Violation' from the city of Tucson.
Clean up the graffiti or cough up the cash, and it could cost up to $1000.
It's standard procedure in the city of Tucson, as we found out.
Code enforcement officials weren't available to speak on camera.
They say the Department of Transportation sets aside more than $700,000 per year to clean up graffiti, but all that money only covers public, not private, property.
In short if your home falls short of the city's standards, through no fault of your own, it's up to you to fix the problem.
And that's a point that doesn't make much sense to Beatriz bright.
"I'm paying my taxes. I'm doing my part as a good citizen," she said. "I need to feel that I am being protected."
City officials also told us, they know homeowners are the victims in these cases.
They say, the best way to fight the problem starts with reporting graffiti.
Take pictures, and send them to code enforcment.
You can find information on how to report graffiti, by clicking here.