HOUSTON Houston City Council members agreed Wednesday to buy 25 new surveillance cameras to monitor neighborhoods where illegal dumping is most common.

Illegal dumping is a serious problem around Houston. Although it s uncommon in middle-income and upper-class neighborhoods, it s all too evident in lower income neighborhoods where empty lots become breeding grounds for blight.

City taxpayers spend more than a million dollars a year in cleanup fees.

We have people that dump and there are no consequences, City council member Jerry Davis said.

Currently, Houston police only have 12 cameras that monitor dumping hot spots.

Davis had proposed spending $250,000 on the cameras, and another $120,000 a year on salaries for new city workers to monitor the cameras.

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