South Gate : Council Votes to Resume Graffiti Reward Payments
The South Gate City Council has voted unanimously to continue paying a $500 reward for the arrest and conviction of anyone caught spraying graffiti.
Payments were suspended in December when the city ran out of money. But the offer became available again when a local business, Rockview Farms, recently donated $5,000 to the reward fund.
The donated funds will be used to pay those people waiting for their rewards, officials said. Officials hope additional funding from the public will be offered.
The city will use money from its general fund to make payments after the new fiscal year begins July 1. There are 15 people awaiting payment.
Chief Administrative Officer Todd W. Argow stressed the importance of maintaining the reward program, telling the council it would be difficult to put a price on the value of having a clean town to attract new businesses.
About 40 vandals are charged each year with defacing property in South Gate, Police Chief Ron George said.