Supervisors approve ‘In God We Trust’ sign

September 8, 2018

A sign stating “In God We Trust” will soon be displayed somewhere in the Adams County Courthouse with the location to be determined.

Members of the Adams County Board of Supervisors voted 7-0 during their regular meeting Tuesday to approve a resolution requested by a Holt County woman.

Barb Otto, who lives north of O’Neill in Holt County, told the supervisors on Aug. 21 she accepted a challenge three years ago from Jacquie Sullivan of California with In God We Trust-America who needed a volunteer in each state with the goal of placing “In God We trust” somewhere on the walls of the courthouse in every county.

Otto said currently 35 states are involved in the campaign.

The United States Congress passed an act in 1956 adopting “In God We Trust” as the official motto of the United States.

Otto said Congress has passed three subsequent affirmation resolutions, the most recent coming in 2011.

“In God we trust” has been on currency since 1863.

Otto said she pays for her own gas and expenses as she visits counties. She said Adams County was the 74th Nebraska county she has been to in three years with the “In God We Trust” request.

She presented a letter from the Pacific Justice Institute stating they would defend a challenge pro bono should it occur.

There have been no challenges so far.

Several board members said during the discussion they received a lot of public feedback about possibly putting an “In God We Trust” sign in the courthouse. None of the supervisors who said they received feedback said anything about receiving negative feedback.

The supervisors discussed where to place the sign.

“Do we want it in the board room? Do we want it down stairs?” Board Chairman Eldon Orthmann asked.

“I think it would be nice if we had it downstairs where more people would see it,” Supervisor Glen Larsen said.

The resolution approved by the supervisors states the location is to be determined.

When she spoke to the supervisors, Otto said she doesn’t recommend using tax payer dollars to pay for a sign to avoid controversy.

The county will accept public donations for the sign. To give, call the Adams County Clerk’s Office 402-461-7107, or a member of the Board of Supervisors. The supervisors’ contact information is available at adamscounty.org/board-of-supervisors.

Also during the meeting, the supervisors approved the 2018-19 budget and property tax request levy.

Adams County is asking for $10.219 million in taxes to support its 2018-19 general fund, which is a decrease from $10.225 million in 2017-18.

The total proposed property tax rate of 26.91 cents per $100 valuation for county operations is down from 27.11 cents last year.

That means on a home valued at $100,000, property owners would pay $269.10 to cover the county’s portion of their tax bill. In addition to the county, property owners pay taxes to other political subdivisions.

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