The Glendale City Council this week adopted a measure allowing the city to recover half the costsof removing graffiti from privateresidences or businesses whose owners will not clean it up.
The council last November adopted an ordinance requiring property owners to remove graffiti on their properties or pay the city to do it for them.
City staff members last week proposed that property owners reimburse the city in full.
But Councilwoman Eileen Givens requested a revised plan that would split the costs with the city.
Officials have estimated that removing graffiti from 25 square feet or less of private property would cost about $55.
Council members voted 4 to 1 Tuesday to charge home, apartment and business owners a $28 base fee for graffiti removal by the city.
A $9 charge will be added for every additional 10 square feet, and the city and property owner will split the cost of any specialized equipment or material that is used, according to the council's resolution.