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‘In God We Trust’ motto may be posted at city building

April 23, 2014 News Extra

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The nation’s motto may be making its way to the city building.

Butler City Council will vote Thursday whether to follow in Butler County’s footsteps by displaying a plaque stating “In God We Trust” in it chambers.

Mayor Tom Donaldson presented the motion to council Tuesday night.

“There’s no harm in it,” Donaldson said. “Pull out a dollar bill from your wallet, or a five or ten, and it’s on there.”

The city received an emailed request to display the motto in the City Building from the nonprofit organization In God We Trust — America, which claims to be dedicated to spreading the mission of patriotism.

The county commissioners voted last week to approve displaying a plaque with the phrase in the Butler County Judicial and Government Center after receiving the same request.

City solicitor James Coulter said Tuesday night that he does not anticipate any legal concerns with displaying the motto.

“It’s the national motto. It’s all over the place,” he said.

Donaldson said the city would display it in its third-floor meeting room, where council holds its monthly meetings.

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