ORANGE COUNTY, Fla (WOFL FOX 35) - Orange County is getting help removing illegal signs from big intersections, but it comes with a price for tax payers.
The signs sit in public right of ways. They advertise everything from garage sales to mortgage help.
Code Enforcement estimates their workers have been spending about 10 percent of their time getting rid of them, but that is all about to change.
The county is now spending $132,000 to pay a Tampa-based company to pull all the signs. "You have folks that are stopping or slowing down at an intersection to see what the signs say, obviously you run the risk of accidents," said Code Enforcement Assistant Manager Bradley Campbell.
"Some people really don't care," Campbell continued. "Our hope is that by eliminating the advertising they're getting from these signs, that they'll figure out a different way to do their advertising and they'll do it in the proper manner."
The company will pick up about 300,000 thousand signs per year, which is triple the amount Code Enforcement currently removes.