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'In God We Trust' City Hall Price Tag: $3,000 to $4,000

The council will debate how and where, exactly, to display the national motto.

Deciding to display the words "In God We Trust" in the City Council's chambers brought out nearly a dozen of public commenters and

On Tuesday night, though, the debate gets more technical.

Plastic or brass lettering?

Above the city seal or below it?

The staff report on the item says that the display will likely end up costing between $3,000 and $4,000, largely dependent on the material of the lettering. That money was not included in the fiscal year 2010-11 operating budget and thus will have to come from current account balances or be designated for next year's budget, in which case installation wouldn't happen until July 2011.

Scroll the photo gallery with this article to see a few of the rough possibilities envisioned by city staffers for where the motto could be shown. And check out the attached PDFs for a discussion of the options and for a collection of pictures from other cities that voted to show "In God We Trust" on government property.

The council meeting starts at 7 p.m. in .

JK April 06, 2011 at 12:57 AM
I know alot of people here don't care about God.I'm one that does care, that is my right. I also see what everyone is saying. the money is tight, we have a great city here. Let's spend the money where it is needed now, The City and the people who live here. And it's not "Racist" come on now.
Mark April 06, 2011 at 03:17 AM
Racist is not the correct term, racism is bigotry by race. When this term is endorsed by government it is religious bigotry, one of the two accepted forms of bigotry in this country.
Mark April 06, 2011 at 06:39 AM
Once again, the only two open minded council members offered to place a message of inclusion and the religious bigots who dominate the council have rejected it in favor of pushing one step closer to a religiously based government. These three also continue the big lie tactic, that if they simply say that it has nothing to do with religion then they think people will believe it. Anyone who thinks that the phrase "In God We Trust" is devoid of religious meaning is an idiot.
Judy Curry April 07, 2011 at 02:57 AM
The separation of church and state is for the benefit of both. As a Christian, I think this issue is a waste of the city's time and money. I would rather see the city council members quietly living their faith rather than put on this show.
Shripathi Kamath May 18, 2011 at 11:43 PM
Lake Forest residents should read this, it is related: http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2011/05/what_it_takes_to_stand_out_in.php

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