Candidates for the upcoming primary election are going to have to hold off putting up signs for a few more weeks within Brazil city limits.
An city ordinance prohibits candidates from placing signs up within the corporate city limits and city officials want all those running for election to know about the ordinance.
"I just noticed them starting to pop up a bit," Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw said. "A lot of the candidates may not know there is an ordinance."
The ordinance Bradshaw is referring to, 12-2007, an amendment to an ordinance put in place in 2006, which states prospective candidates may not place political signs up in the city until 30 days prior to any special election.
Indiana's primary is scheduled for May 6, meaning candidates may begin placing signs up April 6.
The original ordinance from two years ago dealt with any kind of signs. Bradshaw added the fine for placing political signs up prior to the 30-day limit may be no more than $500 and the fine may be imposed for multiple signs by one candidate.
"I hate to fine people," Bradshaw said.
Bradshaw was a member of Brazil's city council when the ordinance was implemented. She said some residents had complained to council members regarding political signs and when they were placed.
"People got tired of seeing political signs," she said. "Some people have made comments like a month after the election they were seeing signs. It's not a pretty sight, really.
"We just wanted to let people know there was an ordinance."
According to the city ordinance, political signs must be taken down within 10 days following an election.
According to Clay County Commission President Charlie Brown, there is no county-wide ordinance regarding political signs.
"We discussed it, but we never pursued it," Brown said. "They could have put them up yesterday if they wanted too. "We didn't want to infringe on anybody's rights."