- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) - The Bay City Commission has decided to defer a proposed ordinance aiming to crack down on graffiti by fining property owners who don’t promptly remove it.

Commission members unanimously agreed Monday that the proposed ordinance needs more work. The Bay City Times (http://bit.ly/1yRjmGU ) reports the commission could consider a revised version of the ordinance at its April 20 meeting.

Under the current proposal, home and business owners would have five days to clean up graffiti after being notified by a city enforcing officer. If the graffiti isn’t removed, property owners could be fined or required to pay for the city’s costs to erase the graffiti.

Bay City Commission President Christopher Girard says the ordinance isn’t consistent with other municipalities that enforce graffiti cleanup within 10 days.

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Information from: The Bay City Times, http://www.mlive.com/bay-city

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