News Release: Associated Press News
By GARY FINEOUT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Starting in September motorists in Florida will pay about $25 less a year to register their car.
The Florida Legislature on Thursday approved a $400 million cut in auto registration fees charged to motorists.
Gov. Rick Scott made the fee rollback his top priority for the 2014 legislative session.
The charges were first raised five years ago when state legislators were grappling with a large budget gap caused by the downturn in the state's economy.
Scott plans to remind voters the fees were first raised when Gov. Charlie Crist was in office. Crist is running against Scott as a Democrat.
Scott said Thursday that passage of the rollback is "righting this wrong."
The fee cut will take effect on Sept. 1. That means some people won't save money until 2015.