Tag fee roll back effective Sept. 1

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 09:09 AM.

**CORRECTION: A headshot that ran in the April 9 edition of The Washington County News and Holmes County Times Advertiser captioned as Holmes County Tax Collector Bill Bell was incorrect. The Holmes County Tax Collector is Harry Bell, and the photo that ran was of Otis Corbin. The Washington County News and Holmes County Times Advertiser apologizes for the error.**


Washington and Holmes county residents will soon be paying less for vehicle registration and title fees with last week’s passing of a bill that rolls the fees back to their pre-2009 rates. The measure is expected to mean an annual savings of between $18 and $25 for vehicle owners here.

The Legislature raised the fees in 2009, along with others associated with driver’s licenses, drivers’ records and ID cards. The move was meant to generate revenue at a time when state’s finances were tight.

Despite backing the fees in 2009, Republican legislative leaders supported the rollback, which is effective Sept. 1.

“From day one of the 2014 legislative session, Gov. (Rick) Scott and the Florida Legislature committed to making a reduction in vehicle fees the centerpiece of meaningful tax relief for Florida’s families,” said Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach. “I am pleased to see (the) bill become the centerpiece of the governor’s $500 million ‘It’s Your Money’ tax cut and honored to witness this recurring reduction in vehicle registration fees become law here today.”

Washington County Tax Collector  Ken Naker reminds residents who still need to renew before September that they should renew for only one year in order to receive the savings for the next time their renewal is due. In fact, Naker is temporarily removing the two-year renewal option on notice statements to help ensure motorists here don’t lose out.

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