Graffiti within the city continues to be an ongoing problem and a nuisance to the city's citizens and to the city's business community. Preventing graffiti and prosecuting those individuals engaging in such activity presents a cost to the city in terms of law enforcement manpower, resources, and time. The city desires to further deter graffiti and, in addition to any criminal charges and prosecution that may occur, the city desires to recoup a portion of its costs through the imposition of a civil fine against those individuals responsible for the graffiti. The city council expressly does not intend for this chapter to conflict with any existing anti-graffiti state laws or local ordinances and the provisions of this chapter are cumulative to such existing provisions. (Ord. 1708 § 1, 2007.)
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