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Commission In Support Of Anti Litter Campaign

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Visit Crawford Avenue in Harrisburg you will see it, the paper that litters the neighborhood streets and here neighbors see a continuing problem.

For pedestrian littering and folks tossing items out of the cars and that has not stopped.

Harrisburg residents went before Augusta commissioners Tuesday to get an anti littering campaign….off the ground. 

"We are not writing enough tickets they need to beef up the tickets and beef up enforcement to charge more," says Butch Palmer of the Harrisburg Neighborhood Association

Harrisburg residents say this isn't just about trash  or just this neighborhood it's about stopping one crime before it leads to more and more serious crimes across all of Augusta.

"Litter and graffiti are the gateway to violent crime and where you find litter and graffiti you find increase levels of crime and it's not just Harrisburg were down here representing Harrisburg but this is a country wide and probably a state wide issue," said Phillip Williams of the Harrisburg Neighborhood Association.

Commissioners promised their support to the Sheriff Office stepping up enforcement to help stem the tide off all this litter, they don't see this as just a few neighbors complaining about a few scraps of trash.

"This is a real issue and the commission it's time for us to get serious about that we've had conversations with the Sheriff he's certainly on board and willing to enforce a no litter campaign throughout the county," says Commissioner Alvin Mason.

Mason doesn't think this campaign will have any costs for taxpayers not does he believe this is about raising city revenue by writing about of littering tickets and collecting fines.

He wants to start with warning tickets to educate the public because he says the reason to do this is for a cleaner Augusta.

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