INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - One business owner says he could be fined for not cleaning up graffiti. It's a proposed ordinance that has already passed through committee, but if passed by the council, property owners would face fines if graffiti is not cleaned up within 30 days.
Art Bouvier the owner of Papa Roux says, his business and several others were just the victim of graffiti. He says the proposed ordinance would make him pay and that's not fair.
"Why because I got some spray painted graffiti on my wall that I didn't ask for am I potentially liable for a fine for it?" says Bouvier.
A business owner next door says he's willing to wait for that fine.
"I'm going to leave it on there until they say something," says Andy Featherstone the owner of Mert's Sporting Goods. "That's not fair that's not fair because I didn't have anything to do with it ."
City County Councillor Jeff Miller who is behind the bill says the whole idea is to clean up Indianapolis. Miller says, while finding the criminals is the goal that still doesn't fix the eyesore.
Councillor Miller says, the intention is to fine those who are not responding to warnings.
He says for those who can't afford the clean up there will be abatement programs for free paint and labor through Keeping Indianapolis Beautiful. Miller say, it's something other communities have done and have been very successful with it.
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