Graffiti Strains the City Budget

Graffiti Strains the City Budget

Cleaning up unwanted markings on public property costs taxpayers millions of dollars every year.  Some cities do not have a budget for graffiti cleanup,  therefore, funds have to be allocated from other city budgets to make up for the deficit. This puts an obvious and unnecessary strain on government-run programs, such as public services, as well as other tax funded articles like public education.

Graffiti clean-up drains a city of their resources, costing both money and manpower, which is deducted from budgets that would otherwise be used for public provisions.  Public services such as public transportation, infrastructure, and environmental protection are greatly affected if the budget for these services are tapped in order to clean up illegal markings.  The crime is even more economically strenuous if additional funds are used to pay for security watches.

Even more distressing to see, is when the public education assets are recruited to combat the graffiti budget delinquencies.  Utter chaos ensues if schools cannot adequately pay for resources,  uphold safe and orderly school campus grounds, and the hiring and sustaining of respectable teachers.  Sadly, scholarship funding may also be reduced for the less fortunate students.

The cost of cleaning up graffiti is high and in some instances a full time job. Some cities never see a shortage of unwanted markings they have to clean up. A tagging site is cleaned up one day, and in some cases, it is back the very next day. While other cities see an ebb and flow, once an area is vandalized and not taken care of, the problem will quickly grow out of control.

Though it can be costly, prevention is the best solution because in the long run it will cost the city less than the constant clean up of the graffiti problem.

Winter Break - Increase in School Graffiti

Winter Break – Increase in School Graffiti

Winter break is approaching, which means there will be an increase of bored kids with free time, not  within their usual, daily classroom setting.  Bored, free time, could mean kids looking for mischief. Predictably, these kids usually roam about the commonplace stomping grounds of their school campus. And a vacant school gives impetuous children the opportune moment to commit graffiti and vandalism.  Unfortunately, during winter break school districts tend to see an influx in school-ground graffiti, as experienced last January in 2017.

Graffiti at schools yields budget problems for the school district.  Immanently, the school must first pay for the cleanup quickly. For failure to execute a complete removal of the markings leads to the risk of more painted writings, and more vandalism means heavier cleanups and higher school spending.  In addition, markings on the school campus are an eyesore and bring down the value of the school, as these signals are associated with gang activity.  Sadly, this problem can beget a diminishing attendance and less funding for the school.

When schools become deficient in funding, it becomes an entirely new, inexorable concern.  The students are the backbone of society, and when they aren’t provided an environment worth fighting for, society falls apart. Not to mention the snow-balling effect that evolves when graffiti and vandalism are strewn about a school’s grounds.

Students are influenced strongly by the peers within their environment, and when their environment spells trouble, kids absorb this behavior like a sponge.  Some children will respond with anger using rebound graffiti targeting the school.  Other children will respond with curiosity adventuring with their first markings on the unattended school. This environment influences the next generations in ways one cannot even imagine.

When it comes to school-ground vandalism, prevention is the number one penny saver.  There is too much at stake to risk all the consequences that follow a single act of graffiti.  In every instance, especially when it comes to deterring graffiti and vandalism, it is best to not make a mistake when you can avoid it.  This holiday break, measure twice and cut once.


Prevent Illegal Dumping Before it Causes Death

Illegal Dumping is a dangerous occurrence and increases fatalities of people, nature, and wildlife.  A waste dumping site leads to toxic waste piles, which cause abundant damage to both public and rural areas.  Illegal waste may be seen disposed onto public and private highways, waterway systems, and wildlife reserves. These rubbish sites increase the risk of accidents on highways, pollute water resources, and create a hazardous environment for children and wild animals.

Illegally dumped trash and debris that obstruct the roads and highways are known as hazardous road conditions.  A road obstruction caused by litter blocking part of a road or highway hinders a driver from a clear passageway and increases the risk of car accidents. According to Don’t Trash Arizona, a company whose main goal is to reduce freeway littering, “debris on roadways nationwide causes 25,000 accidents each year and more than 80 fatalities.”

Besides the risk of hazardous road conditions, litter and waste illegally dumped affect the water systems.  Trash that makes contact with the water resources impact the public on a major scale.  The water it pollutes include: ponds, lakes, rivers, streams, both public and private water storage-houses and public water systems.  Garbage dumped near or into these waterways creates contamination which then infects humans and wildlife who use the water supply.  This may further cause harm if the agricultural industry irrigates this contaminated water into their soil; it poisons the crops that are grown, which are then consumed by both humans and animals.  According to the Total Health Institute, some studies link these polluted water resources to an increase in cancer sufferers.

In addition to the serious situations stated above, victims, such as a children and wildlife, are entangled by illegal dumping when they play or live outdoors.  Outland expanses such as parks and nature reserves are exposed to the harmful contaminates and dangerous objects dumped.  Harmful debris dumped into a rural area such as the woods creates a perilous situation to the surrounding community. For instance, a child, pet, or wild animal may incur a cut and infection  due to climbing on a pile of abandoned wood once used for building with nails still intact.

Illegal Dumping is a behavioral issue that should never be accepted and should not be treated lightly, as it alters our entire world.  Solutions to prevent and stop this type of crime should be implemented with significant enforcement.



Illegal Dumping Crisis Keeping Cities in Debt

There are massive, public complaints about illegal-dump sites, community eyesores lowering property values, all over the country. A lot of cities experience vicious dumping cycles in known targeted areas. Due to the sites usually being remote, these sites create huge challenges, especially in the city’s budget. Unfortunately, a city’s resources, which is already limited, must now be used to clean up and install methods to prevent the Illegal dumping problem.

Illegal dumping, also known as “fly-tipping”, wreaks tremendous havoc on the city government pocketbook. Oakland, for example, has an illegal trash catastrophe that is costing more than 5-million dollars per year.

In addition to the obvious costs,  an illegal dump site can cause a concern that the sites are forming a hazardous environment.  Hazardous materials and chemicals illegally disposed may leak dangerous toxins, which are poisonous to both people and wildlife.  Another fact to note is this environment of waste-piles increase the risk of fires, according to the Hall County Board of Commissioners. This could be caused by the glass or the pollutants which could be flammable.

The threat of illegal trash spots causing a fire hazard should be a high concern to cities.  A fire started due to an illegal dumping problem may cause damage that will cost a city an immense amount of distress and resources, which further puts a city in debt. Fires caused by illegal-dumping is costing many cities millions.  Imagine the arduous work and resources that are required for restoration because  of damage caused by an abundant fire.

Another financial nuisance to take note of, is how a small illegal-dumping location may turn into a larger open-dump site, leading to an even bigger strain on a city budget. Just a few, small molehills can quickly turn into mountains of moles if they aren’t exterminated in a timely fashion. Likewise, illegal dumping is dangerous and costly if not stopped in time. It is therefore wise to take advantage of every preventative measure possible to keep these nuisances from growing out of control and from stealing the cities’ financial resources.