Mexico's lawn sign regulations cause citizen concern

2 years 11 months 1 day ago Thursday, June 25 2015 Jun 25, 2015 Thursday, June 25, 2015 4:20:00 PM CDT June 25, 2015 in News
By: Landon Burke, KOMU 8 Reporter
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MEXICO - In the coming election year, many people will express their political perspectives by proudly displaying campaign signs on their lawns. However in Mexico, homeowners have to follow a set of rules before they can display a sign on their own property.

In Mexico, every single sign is regulated by the city. From billboards, to garage sale posters, every sign must comply with city code.

Thomas Fiedler lives in Mexico, and he thinks the regulations are too much.

"I take an interest in anything that would be a liberty issue," Fiedler said. "Be it signs, or lengths of grass... anything where the city steps in and says, ‘Hey you can't do that with your own property.'"

Mexico has two main regulations regarding lawn signs. The first regulation is a person can only display a sign on his or her private property. That means no posting flyers on light poles or bus stop shelters. The second is the sign cannot be too close to the street.

Fiedler said though these regulations may seem insignificant, it is a small sign of a bigger issue.

"Every time you give up a little bit of freedom, you lose that little bit of freedom. Slowly, over time and you end up with massive loss that you never could have imagined."

Fiedler said he and his wife attend almost every city council meeting. He said he encourages every citizen to attend their city council's meetings, so they can stay up-to-date with the activity of their local government.

"A lot of people don't realize the things the city actually does regulate," Fiedler said. "Getting the community talking is the first step towards getting the community to start making action towards things."

KOMU 8 reached out to Mexico's Building Official to get a comment about the sign regulations, but he did not return any calls.

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