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April 14, 2009
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Tahoe Tea Party headed Wednesday to state Capitol

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. " Lawmakers will see protesters outside the Legislature and Capitol Wednesday as part of a nationwide protest against government waste and taxes.

And a group of local residents with a certain knowledge of protesting taxes will be on hand.

Maryanne Ingemanson and Les Barta, president and board member, respectively, of the Village League to Save Incline Assets, the Incline group of nonprofit tax revolters, were invited to speak at the annual event.

"I think (we were) invited to draw a comparison between the Boston Tea Party, which signaled the start of the American revolution, and the Tahoe Tea Party, which signaled the beginning of a battle against unconstitutional property taxes," Ingemanson said.

Held on the deadline for paying federal taxes, organizers are calling Wednesday's event the Tax Day TEA Party.

Dorothy Peterson of Douglas County said TEA stands for Taxed Enough Already.

"It's nonpartisan, not supposed to be Democrat against Republican or anything like that," she said. "It's just citizens who are tired of being taxed irresponsibly."

The event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday in front of the Capitol and Legislature.

Ingemanson likened the Boston Tea Party to the "Tahoe Tea Party," which held its inaugural protest in throw-back garb in July 2003 at Burnt Cedar Beach in Incline. Ingemanson and Barta again will don 18th century outfits Wednesday.

"Both were grassroots organizations which became very, very successful," she said. "The (Incline tax revolt) was originally a group of 20 and now is 9,000, and the Boston Tea Party started with a few people and now has an entire country behind it."

Alexia Storey, a Carson City bartender, said the goal is to draw enough people to surround the Capitol "to show the government we're all around them."

She said similar protests are being held across the country.

"We do not want anybody to think we're a bunch of right wing conservatives out here yelling at the president," Storey said. "We're just a bunch of people who want their voices heard."

She emphasized the protest is a peaceful event.

"We're protesting taxation without representation," she said. "People are coming from around the state to say don't raise our taxes, stop spending our money."

She said organizers will also be collecting names of people who want to remain active in the fight against higher taxes "instead of just letting everything die after the TEA Party."

The Nevada Appeal contributed to this report.

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