Locals react to tag controversy

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The American Humanist Association is a national group threatening to sue Mississippi if the state does not remove the phrase 'In God We Trust' from its license plate.

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The group recently sent a letter to lawmakers saying they may take legal action if another design is not offered for Mississippi drivers at no cost.

Meridian resident Carrie Latham said she thinks the group is just trying to start trouble.

"I don't understand," said Latham. "They obviously don't have anything else to do. Don't worry about Mississippi."

"I don't think that's right at all. I really don't," said Meridian resident Dorothy Burkes. "We should have the say-so for what we want in the state of Mississippi."

Lauderdale County Tax Collector Doris Spidle said the phrase 'In God We Trust' is in many places in the state.

"This is the Great Seal of Mississippi," Spidle said. "It says 'In God We Trust' on every state seal in Mississippi."

If Mississippi residents don't like the new license plate, they may choose a different design. However, a different design comes with a different price tag.

"There are hundreds to choose from, and yes, there is an extra fee," Spidle said.

Drivers may expect to pay about $50 more for a personalized license plate. The state license plate changes every five years.