BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- When you take a walk through downtown Bangor, it's almost impossible to avoid an area that hasn't been affected by graffiti vandalism. A problem that will hopefully be solved after tonight.
The Bangor City Council held a Government Operations Committee Meeting today devoted entirely to discussing the growing problem of Graffiti in the Queen City. The meeting was held at 5:00pm on the Third Floor of City Hall. Downtown Business Owners, City Officials, and the general public were all invited to attend and express their concerns.
The current city ordinance regarding graffiti gives any person guilty of the violation a fine no less than $20. A potential amendment to that ordinance, that will be taken up at the committee meeting, is fine increase to no less than $500 for the first offense and $1,000 for each additional offense.
Another measure that will be discussed is the possibility of designating a certain area of Bangor as a place where legitimate artists will be allowed to express themselves without being fined.