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Florida heavy truck owners won't see $25 fee cut

Another group that won't get the full $25 tag fee reduction: owners of heavy trucks, defined in state law as trucks that weigh more than 5,000 pounds, many of which are used commercially. The state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles says 1,017,756 trucks of that size were registered in the state in March.

Gov. Rick Scott signed the tag-fee reductions into law on April 2 and touted it as helping Florida families "keep nearly $400 million of their hard-earned money in their own pockets — because it’s their money!” At the bill-signing ceremony last week, Tom Feeney of Associated Industries of Florida hailed the reduction as "a win for Floridians who register their family car and for businesses who register fleets."

Many heavy trucks are not owned by individuals but by private companies, such as FedEx or UPS trucks. They renew their registrations en masse in December. The state has calculated that each heavy truck tag fee will decrease by $13.55, according to the Florida Trucking Association.

"The number of people getting the shaft continues to increase," said Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano, a Republican who was appointed to his post by Scott last year. "The Florida Legislature and Gov. Scott continue to exempt Floridians from receiving the fee reduction."

The chart below, from DHSMV, shows how different classes of vehicles were affected by the 2009 tag fee increases, passed by the Legislature and signed into law by then-Gov. Charlie Crist. (GVW stands for gross vehicle weight -- and yes, though the actual fee is small, as a percentage, those politicians of 2009 actually hit disabled veterans hardest).


  REGISTRATION FEES Current New Change  
  Automobiles 1 thru 2499 $27.60 $46.15 $18.55 67.21%
    2500 - 3499 $35.60 $57.15 $21.55 60.53%
    3500 - up $45.60 $70.65 $25.05 54.93%
  Truck 1 thru 1999 $27.60 $46.15 $18.55 67.21%
    2000 - 3000 $35.60 $57.15 $21.55 60.53%
    3001 - 5000 $45.60 $70.65 $25.05 54.93%
  Motorcycle   $24.10 $41.15 $17.05 70.75%
  Moped   $19.10 $34.40 $15.30 80.10%
  Disabled Veterans   $4.00 $8.00 $4.00 100.00%
  Heavy Truck by GVW 5,001-5,999 $56.60 $85.90 $29.30 51.77%
    6,000-7,999 $76.60 $112.90 $36.30 47.39%
    8,000-9,999 $87.60 $128.15 $40.55 46.29%



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So everyone with a Ford F 150 will not benefit!

Thank you

Ed Jenkins

The citizens are incredibly grateful for this scott whose exemplary fiscal stewardship has allowed him to overturn this confiscation enacted by the scumbag crist who left this state in such dire financial straits.


Your table makes it look like a fee increase.

Bill Thompson

Is is sad that this scumbag Scott has to resort to election year gimmicks to resuscitate his failing campaign. The voters ask why did this horrible man wait 4 years to reverse this tax increase that was passed by the GOP controlled legislature in 2009. The voters want to know why they are only receiving a paltry $25 tax cut instead of real tax reform by rolling back the sales tax rate to the days of our great Democrat Governor Bob Graham?

The citizens remind certain unwise commentators that the state budget is balanced every year by law.


Shut the hell up already you loser thompson. We all know you have such a crappy life that you don't even own a car so you are whining about how you don't get any money back you loser. Go get a job and stop posting your whiny crap on here all day you lowlife.

Bill Thompson

The citizens applaud the wise comments of the well informed Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano on the many people getting the shaft by this scumbag Scott and the pay to play GOP controlled legislature.


Shut us thompson you loser, welfare collectors like you don't pay taxes so you aren't getting any money back lowlife.

Bill Thompson

Another group of citizens getting the shaft by the scumbag Scott and the pay to play GOP controlled legislature are the citizens that paid the increased titling fees to title their cars over the last 3 years. To title a car in Florida costs hundreds of dollars now and is a deterrent to economic growth in our state. The scumbag Scott should return these confiscated funds also.

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