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Tea Party in Vidalia Against Government Spending
Monday, 13 April 2009

April 13--  If you're a taxpayer and if you're concerned about how government is spending the money you are required to send in April 15th, there's one way you can take action. 

A group of alarmed Vidalia taxpayers is sponsoring a "Tax Day Tea Party" Wednesday afternoon at the corner of Highway 280 and Jackson Street.  Citizen Jim Anderson informed the city council of the peaceful protest plans at Monday night's city council meeting.

"We're not against taxes, we think its patriotic to pay taxes, but to use it appropriately.  Not bailing out private industry and not sending our money overseas when there are plenty of needs in our country to use that money," Anderson said.

The group plans to meet about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Anderson hopes people will show up with signs and voice their concerns about government spending. "We want the government to use our money wisely, represent us properly and get this country out of the debt they are putting on our grandchildren," he urged.

City of Vidalia Planning Community Center Addition


Monday night the city unveiled an artist's rendition of what an addition to the city's Community Center will look like.  The estimated $1.7 million dollar addition will allow the center to accomodate up to 700 people and be a boon to local tourism, according to Mayor Ronnie Dixon.

In other actions, the council selected a Macon company's bid for nearly $190,000 for lighting at the new city recreation complex off the Ezra Taylor Road.  Vidalia is investing $1.8 million in the project and has asked Toombs County commissioners to pay for the lighting.  A decision on the request may come at Tuesday night's Commission meeting.

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