NEVADA COUNTY, Calif. — A simple message posted by a church calling on people to “Support Our Troops,” is causing controversy and some say the sign must be taken down.
The red, white and blue billboard stands 20-feet tall and 8-feet wide and was put up by Simple Truth Church. The three-word message, ‘Support Our Troops’, is shared with drivers along busy Highway 49 in Nevada County.
“Nevada County is a very patriotic county, they love our troops,” Pastor Jeff Alaways with Simple Truth Church told FOX40.
But in fact, it’s the county who wants to take the sign down.
The church wanted to help the community, and painted the patriotic message when they re-did the run-down billboard. However, county regulators say that’s the problem: no changes can be made to an existing sign without getting approval from the county planning department first.
The County Planning Department sent Simple Truth Church a letter, asking the sign be taken down until a permit is acquired. Planning Director Brian Foss, told FOX40 they talked to the property owner a few months ago and told him he couldn’t re-make the sign without a new permit.