Florida Governor Signs Bill
Rolling Back Vehicle Fees
During a politically charged bill-signing ceremony, Gov. Rick Scott gave approval Wednesday to rolling back vehicle-registration fees that were increased in 2009 amid state budget woes.
Scott repeatedly noted the unpopular fee increases were enacted under former Gov. Charlie Crist, who is seeking to unseat Scott during this November’s election.
The bill (SB 156) signed by Scott, one of his “critical” priorities for this spring’s legislative session, is expected to save Floridians between $20-$25 per vehicle registration, with the total depending on size of the vehicle.
The fee cuts will take effect Sept. 1, two months into the state’s new fiscal year. Scott said he wants motorists whose vehicle registration renewals are up before September to only pay for one year, rather than two, so that they can realize the savings in 2015.