Tax payers reenact famous "tea party"
Kris Kirschner/Eyewitness News
Indianapolis - History repeated itself Saturday. Angry homeowners demonstrated their frustration with property taxes by staging a familiar protest, the Boston Tea Party of 1773 fame.
By now the signs are seemingly familiar. And protests like the one Saturday have become a common practice.
"What we've got to do. We've got to eradicate that property tax," said a member of the crowd.
But Saturday along the Broad Ripple canal, Marion County homeowners showed once and for all, the issue of property tax is far more than a tempest in a teapot.
"It's unfair. It's unbalanced," said Bill Boyd.
"I can't afford to live in my house any longer," said Laura Hill.
It's a page right out of history.
Jeff Hays exclaimed, "It's a tea party in the fashion of freedom."
Homeowners filled an oversized bag with property tax bills, Indiana's version of the Boston tea party.
"Brew your taxes. Let's float them down to the statehouse. Brew your taxes here," said another frustrated tax payer.
In the same tradition as their forefathers more than 230-years ago, these angry taxpayers hope to inspire their own revolution.
"We ain't gonna take it no more," said a tax payer.
Paul Wheeler shouted to the crowd, "Down with the Governor. Down with Bart. Down with taxes."
"It's endangering our way of life and frankly we have no more money to give," said Beth Christoff.
Whether they wore costumes or carried signs, they hope to get the attention of lawmakers and elected officials. If this doesn't work, they'll make their point in November.
Jeff Hays said, "If they're not going to listen we're going to make sure they hear anyway."
It's not tea, but it is brewing, and unless they get the message homeowners say it will be city and state officials who are in hot water.
Monday, the Kenley Commission on property taxes will debate the difference between offering homeowners rebate checks, or tax credits.