Graffiti Costs Taxpayers Millions

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File photo of graffiti. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

File photo of graffiti. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

(Las Vegas, NV)  —  Millions of tax dollars are being spent every year to remove graffiti in Southern Nevada.

It’s estimated that cleaning up what taggers leave behind costs about $30 million annually in Clark County.

John Riggs with the Nevada Department of Transportation tells the “Review-Journal”  it recently spent about $2000 to scrub clean a pair of traffic signs on northbound U.S. 95.

Metro Police Detective Scott Black, who heads the graffiti enforcement division, says 650 people were arrested for tagging last year.  Most are sentenced to clean up the mess they made.

Black says half of all violators are adults.  He says the primary motive is “fame and notoriety,” to see “who can become the most noticed.

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