To make a peaceful protest over the unjust nature of property tax, a man seeking the Libertarian nomination for Texas Governor, paid his tax in change.
Greenville, TX — In the land of the free, you can completely pay off your home but if you fail to pay the state their 'fair share' in the form of property tax every year, your property can and will be stolen from you by agents of the state. Naturally, this idea that you don't own your home—the state does—has made many folks upset with the system and they have peacefully shown their discontent. Kory Watkins, who is seeking the Libertarian gubernatorial nomination in Texas is one of those people.
While the Free Thought Project has reported on multiple instances of individuals peacefully protesting by paying traffic fines in change, this is the first time we've ever seen anyone pay their taxes that way.
For those who don't remember, Kory Watkins brought the "taxation is theft" viral meme campaign to the next level when he sat in the front row behind home plate at a Texas Rangers baseball game and stood up to reveal a shirt bearing the words "Taxation is Theft." The camera operator helped out too and zoomed in just as Watkins revealed the shirt. The moment was epic.
Equally as epic as the baseball game was Watkins Facebook Livestream on Monday as he drove to his local government tax building in Greenville, Texas to pay his taxes—in pennies and nickles.
Instead of attempting to film the interaction himself, Watkins actually provided a temporary job to a local homeless man named Joseph and paid him $20 for documenting the feat.
As the duo prepares to walk into the government building, Watkins begins unwrapping the rolls of coins to make his peaceful protest that much more attention-grabbing to those collecting the money.
The pair then walks into the building and takes a number—to wait in line to pay the state money. Although Watkins' number was 26, after they saw his two orange buckets of change, they gave him "VIP service," as Watkins put it.
Watkins skipped to the front of the line and proceed to dump two buckets of change into the teller window and then walked out. Although they wanted him to stay to help count the money, Watkins knew it was complete and he left anyway. Peaceful protest complete.