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Graffiti seems to be the topic du jour in Boise.

While the political candidates all point to a growing graffiti problem as one of the city's major blights, Mayor Dave Bieter is giving the public a chance to weigh in on the issue.

The city launched a new online survey on its Web site earlier this week, giving residents another way to voice their opinions about both graffiti and other code enforcement issues. Among those issues are overgrown weeds, missing or damaged street signs, trash, noise, abandoned cars, unsafe/illegal construction, stray animals and assorted other zoning violations.

The survey can be completed online at CityOfBoise.org, or it can be printed out and mailed to the city by Oct. 15. An additional 2,000 surveys were mailed to anyone who has reported code enforcement problems in the past.

This is part of an ongoing city plan to improve how codes are enforced, a move that includes raising the fine for violations from $300 to $1,000.