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City of Yakima OK's New Anti-Graffiti Plan

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima City Council moves forward with a new anti-graffiti plan. Tuesday night, all were in favor of a plan that will put more responsibility with homeowners, giving them a do-it-yourself clean-up kit.

Neighborhood Development Services has been painting over graffiti for ten years now. This has created a patchwork effect and done little to slow down tagging.

Now graffiti clean-up kits will be available for homeowners. They'll include solvent, steel wool and other tools to remove graffiti.  

"Start removing your graffiti as soon as possible. We know that if they remove their graffiti as soon as possible get out there and clean it off it does reduce tagging enormously," said Archie Matthews, the Operation Supervisor for Neighborhood Developmenr.

Currently, one city employee and a handful of volunteers struggle to keep up with the graffiti problem.

The kits will be free to homeowners and should be ready in about a month. The city says this new approach will save money.