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Senator Wants To Roll Back Auto Fees

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Florida Legislature. (Source: AP)

Florida Legislature. (Source: AP)

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – In an effort to boost revenue during the recession, state lawmakers voted to double fees drivers pay to renew their auto tags and licenses.

Now state Senate budget chief Joe Negron, R—Stuart, wants to roll back the increase.

Negron plans to unveil a bill next week that would wipe out an existing tax break for insurance companies. His plan is to use the elimination of that tax break to cut in half some of the fees now charged to motorists.

In 2009 when the increase was implemented, initial vehicle registration fees more than doubled, going from $100 to $225. The cost of an initial driver’s license went up from $27 to $48 and a renewal increased from $20 to $48.

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