From the Omaha World Herald story here:

Join us on Thursday February 2nd at our next meeting where we will focus on the changes to the ordinance and discuss how to make it stronger and better for neighborhoods.

“We’ve seen the surge,” said council member Garry Gernandt. “That is a deep concern not only to the elected officials, but to everyone that has been involved in this battle in the community.”…

Long a recurring problem in South Omaha, graffiti has infuriated residents for its degradation of property values and perceived links to gang activity — officials, though, believe the vast majority of graffiti in the city is not gang-related.

Graffiti abatement efforts are estimated to make up $414,729 of the Public Works Department’s roughly $25 million budget next year. Officials expected to spend $347,324 in 2011.