About 50 Quay County residents attended the Tax Day TEA, or "Taxed Enough Already," party at Damon Kvols Park Wednesday in Tucumcari.
Events like this are being held today, April 15, the day income taxes are due here in Tucumcari and across the nation, according to the Web site taxdayteaparty.com. The event sponors also served tea to attendees.
The event's guest speaker was state Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Tucumcari ( Curry, Harding, Quay, Roosevelt, and San Miguel and Union-67) who spoke about state and federal governments spending policies.
"People are fed up with the decisions and the spending by the government both state and federal," Roch said. "The voters would never approve this type of spending in their own house hold budget. So why does the government think they want them to spend their money like that."
Roch said that he was pleased to see that both the young, old, Republican and Democrat came together looking for answers and solutions to big government spending.
"This is not about any one party's agenda or purpose," Roch said. "This is about everyone coming together for the good of the nation and their future."
This was a great turnout for a nonpartisan event that has been planned in the last week, said Bill Menges, event coordinator, who is also the president of the Quay County Republic Party.
"We need to continue having events like this right up to the next election," Menges said. "People want to find out and keep updated on what is going on with the government. What needs to happen is we need to get back to a government of the people, by the people, for the people."
Roch, answered questions from the crowd about government spending and what they can do to influence the politicians making these decisions.
Roch said, that the voters need to hold their elected officials accountable for their desicions, including himself in that statement.
"Speak with your congressmen and representatives," Roch said. "Let them know that you elected them to represent you and make decisions in your best intrest. I live here in Tucumcari, come see me, write me, call me or email me about your concerns and opinions on the way your state and federal goverments are spending your money."
"This was great," Roch said. "I attend several political meetings and gatherings and you see a lot of the same people at those events. That is not the case here there were so many new faces. It is always good to see people become involved in the politics that effect their everyday lives."
"I think that this is good," said Bill Curry, Quay County Commissioner. "This is the beginning of a movement that will shake things up for the government. This is needed to turn things around. It is time that the politicians spent more time contributing, than worrying how to stay in office."