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Tax protesters flock to Capitol
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Linda Ledbetter, right, puts an artistic touch on a tax protest sign while Marjorie Avra starts work on another one and Ethan Underwood finishes a third Monday during a gathering at McDonald and Son Funeral Home in Cumming. - photo by Jim Dean
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Brad Wilkins and at least 80 other Forsyth County residents plan to take part in Wednesday's Atlanta Tea Party, a protest of what organizers call out-of-control spending.

From 7 to 10 p.m. crowds will gather in red attire around the state Capitol building. The demonstration is one of more than 500 such tea parties planned nationwide to coincide with the April 15 federal tax deadline.

“It is citizens’ discontent with the massive spending and massive tax plans coming down the pipe from Washington,” said Wilkins, who serves as second vice chair of the county’s Republican Party. “The sentiment is to cut down on the spending, cut down on the bailouts and don’t over-tax us.”

Wilkins will travel by bus, along with 50 others determined to have their voices heard. In addition to the bus, about 30 other residents plan to take MARTA to the event.

Wilkins hopes many more residents will join them.

State Rep. Tom Knox of Cumming plans to attend the Atlanta event. The Republican is encouraging his constituents to join him to stop the “march toward socialism.”

For anyone unable to travel to Atlanta, a Cumming Tea Party is scheduled for 5 p.m. today at the county courthouse.

All tax-day tea parties are open to the public. Wilkins said people may be surprised by the diverse turnout.