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Minneapolis residents will have to be more vigilant about fighting graffiti in the new year.
Residents have always been responsible for removing graffiti from their property, but in recent years, the city has provided help through a handful of prevention and cleanup efforts. Those programs, however, were cut from next year's budget — prompting the city to send reminders to some residents that they must take care of graffiti on their own.
The city won't be funding its "Innovative Graffiti Prevention" micro grant program, which helped neighborhood groups with public art projects that were meant to deter graffiti. It will also cut a program that helped property owners clean up gang-related or obscene graffiti within 5 feet of the public right of way.