Campaign Signs Still Up
PASCO, Wash. - During Decision 2006 candidates put up campaign signs in a big effort to grab your attention, but when it's over some don't bother to remove them.
Depending on where you live, where the sign is, and how long candidates wait to take them down, people posting signs could face charges and hundreds of dollars in fines.
As of Friday, signs in all areas need to be removed. A sign for Mike McGavick sits right off I-182 in Pasco. If Washington State Department of Transportation workers see it after Friday they could slap the property owner with a misdemeanor. And the City of Pasco could tack on a fine up to 200 dollars a day.
But normally if signs are small enough, city workers will just pick them up and throw them away. Overall city workers said most candidates have been pretty good.
"I can think of a few places there might still be signs, but other than that most of them came up pretty quick," said Mitch Nickolds, City of Pasco, Inspection Services Manager.
Candidates have tens days after the election to take down their signs in Pasco and Richland, and seven days in Kennewick. Most don't anticipate a problem, and property owners usually aren't issued fines. But some people think city officials should crack down on leftover signs.
"They're garbage, they're trash being left on the sides of the road," said Sandy Schmitt.
Schmitt feels candidates should be fined for each one, but others don't mind them. They said they barely notice them anyway.
"I don't have a problem with it most of the time when I'm driving. I'm just going where I need to go and it doesn't bother me as long as it's not on my property or home. I couldn't really care less," said Frank Ellis.
If you still have a sign up. City officials ask you take it down Friday.