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ULSTER COUNTY TAX PROTEST AKIN TO BOSTON TEA PARTY

Protesting a huge tax hike proposal, hundreds of Ulster County residents staged their own version of the Boston Tea Party Saturday and threatened not to pay any property taxes until next summer.

The protesters, estimated by local officials at about 1,000, wrote their complaints on index cards, attached them to tea bags and dumped them into a blue wading pool set up near Rondout Creek.

"You started something here today," said Sam Perelli, chairman of United Taxpayers of New Jersey. "I would like to believe that today the people of Kingston started the tax revolt of New York State. "

Joe Marquetti, a member of the Ulster County Taxpayers Association, said the group wants property owners to sign pledges not to pay their county taxes for six months.

Marquetti said Saturday's protest was sparked by a property tax increase of 42 percent for 1990 and a proposed hike of 82 percent for next year.

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