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Mission Statement

To enhance the vibrant community of David City by providing a tremendous quality of life defined by outstanding educational and employment opportunities for all citizens through provisions of quality, cost effective governmental services that include infrastructure, utilities, affordable housing, physical environment, culture and recreation, public safety, land use planning, leadership and community participation.

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David City, the county seat of Butler County, is located in the east-central part of Nebraska. The city has over 2,500 residents and provides electricity, water and wastewater services. The city recently opened a new family aquatic center and has become one of the recreational destinations in eastern Nebraska. The city maintains public and private school systems, a public nine-hole golf course, numerous businesses and industries, a weekly newspaper, a weekly newsletter and a variety of social service programs and community organizations.

History

The ethnic groups that pioneered here left a heritage of self-reliance, loyalty and respect for personal freedom. Friendship and enthusiasm make David City a special place in which to live.

David City, the county seat of Butler County, is located in the east-central part of Nebraska. After a March 1873 county election which selected this location as the county seat, the town site was surveyed in May 1873. The courthouse site was owned by Mrs. Phoebe Davids Miles, who donated the land for the structure. The town was named in honor of her father, William Davids of Marion Ohio. The “s” in the name was dropped and the town became David City, the only town in the world with this name.

Today the town has over 2,500 residents, maintains public and private school systems, numerous businesses and industries, a weekly newspaper, and a variety of social service programs and community organizations.

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