Graffiti removal needs team approach

Saanich needs to see municipality and business work together to fight problem

Re: Graffiti removal ends in wake of Saanich budget cutbacks (Vic News online)

It’s interesting to learn that Saanich has cut part of its graffiti removal budget, with the end result being, I fear, graffiti will start building up in the community.

The City of Victoria, on the other hand, is calling on citizens to fight against graffiti in hopes that increased reporting will reduce tagging.

The Downtown Victoria Business Association alone has a budget of $144,000, plus $15,000 in equipment for its clean teams, which will paint over graffiti for free.

I think our municipality and businesses need to co-ordinate their efforts to help remove graffiti. Certainly it will cost money to do that, but there is no other way around it.

Brian Butterfield

Saanich