It is interesting that there were 400 cases of 'graffiti' reported last year in Springdale compared to 133 in Rogers and 28 in Fayetteville. However, I don't think what is being reported as graffiti really is. What I have seen is tagging - you know a name or letters spray painted on something. That's not graffiti.

That being said, to combat the vandalism problem, Springdale recently purchased a power wash graffiti removal system that will cost the city about $50,000 a year to operate. In order to fund it, businesses will pay an extra dollar each month on their water bill.

Springdale is also considering updating their current graffiti ordinance, making it illegal to purchase spray paint if you are under the age of 18. This is a common practice in other places, however, I question how effective it can be without limiting the access to paint also.

In any event, while pondering all of this I came up with a few alternate ways to fund the new power washing program.
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