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Taggers May Be Forced to Pay for Graffiti in San Francisco

Graffiti costs San Francisco $20 million a year. Taggers may receive part of the bill.

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    San Francisco would want to sent this artist a bill.

    Bill the taggers for their work.

    It costs San Francisco $20 million a year to clean up graffiti -- and under a new law, some of that cost could come out of graffiti artists' wallets, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

    Currently, property owners are responsible for cleaning up their property within a month. If they don't, they "face penalties," according to the newspaper.

    Under new legislation introduced by Supervisor London Breed, the city would be able to sue nabbed graffiti taggers and sue them in court to recover some money to pay for cleanup.

    This is seen as a necessary next step -- while graffiti is illegal, taggers seem to continue spraying about with no consequences, the newspaper reported.

    There were just over 200 graffiti arrests in the most recent fiscal year, according to the newspaper, but many more incidents of graffiti: There were 474 reports but over 1,000 cleanup notices sent to property owners in August alone.

    Most graffiti in San Francisco is in North Beach, along the Embarcadero, in the Mission District, the Tenderloin and South of Market, according to city reports.

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