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Scott's complete list of which car, truck tag fees he'd cut

Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday will propose rolling back a series of car and truck registration fees that the state raised in 2009 to plug a multi-billion dollar budget hole that year. His plan would reduce fees by $401 million beginning on Sept. 1 of next year and would save the typical motorist $25.05 a year, according to a document provided by the governor's office.

The governor's figures say the annual cost to register a typical car (about 3,500 pounds) would decrease from $71.85 to $46.80.

The biggest single savings for motorists would be the base fee for a registration, which would drop from $44 to $32.50 a year, or a savings of $11.50.

A $2.50 registration "service charge" would be eliminated. Here are the other specific fees that Scott proposes to scale back and by how much:

* Automated license plate validation sticker printer service fee, from $3 to $1;

* A special surcharge on all vehicles for juvenile justice programs, from $5.50 to $1;

* A state transport surcharge on all vehicles, from $4 to $2;

* A reflective material fee, from $1.50 to $.50;

* A Florida Real Time Vehicle Information System fee, from $1.25 to $.50;

* An advanced replacement fee, from $2.80 to $2, for a total of $25.05.

Scott's fee reduction plan, which must be approved by the state Legislature, is bigger than one proposed last year by Senate Appropriations Chairman Joe Negron, R-Stuart, which passed the Senate by an overwhelming margin and died when the House refused to support it.

Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, said Scott's proposal would find a lot of support among senators.

"We welcome the governor getting on Joe Negron's bandwagon," Gaetz said Thursday during a breakfast meeting with Tallahassee reporters.

-- Steve Bousquet


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ed jenkins

This Scott has just about wrapped up the election with yet another demonstration of his great fiscal stewardship of our state, especially considering the horrible condition the scumbag Crist left it in. The readers of this hometown paper and citizens are grateful for these great leaders like Scott and politicians from distant places such as Gaetz and Negron who were unknown to this democrat primary voter before today.

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