State law makes vandals pay for graffiti cleanup

PHOENIX (AP) — A new Arizona law addressing graffiti cleanup will now allow for public and private property owners to obtain restitution directly from the perpetrators.

The law says taggers can be liable for the cost of labor, paint and other supplies that go into cleaning up a damaged property.

But officials in cities including Phoenix and Mesa say it will be hard to gauge if the bill has any impact.

Some cities already pursue restitution from convicted vandals.

Gov. Jan Brewer signed the law back in April. It also imposes uniform statewide fines for graffiti.

Phoenix officials estimate more than $2 million was spent last year on graffiti removal.

The city of Mesa spent more than $200,000 in the same p

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