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Tifton city leaders approve ordinance to regulate panhandling

Tifton city leaders approve ordinance to regulate panhandling./ Photo: Alexandria Ikomoni

At Monday’s Tifton city council workshop, the board approved an ordinance to help regulate the panhandling in town.

Last month, city leaders were working to address complaints of the increasing number of panhandlers.

They want the community to feel safe and not threatened when shopping or traveling.

The council says they understand that there are people in the community that do need help.

"We want to make sure that they're getting the resources that are out there to provide help, whether it's a homeless or abuse situation that puts them in that circumstance,” Mayor Julie Smith said. “At the end of the day, we truly want to make sure that our citizens know they're safe and we do have something that's in place.”

Mayor Smith says if someone is aggressive and you feel threatened, call 911 so officers can encourage them to move locations.

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