Gov. Rick Scott visits car dealer to discuss tax cuts

Governor says planned cuts could save drivers an average of $25

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Rick Scott will visit a Westside Jacksonville car dealership to discuss his plan to cut $500 million in taxes and fees next year.

At the 3:30 p.m. news conference, Scott will lay out his plan to put millions of dollars back in the pockets of taxpayers, which includes cuts to auto registration fees.

The cuts would kick in on Sept. 1, 2014, saving the average driver more than $25.

In targeting auto-tag fees, Scott is highlighting the 54 percent increase approved in 2009 by his likely opponent in next year's election: former Gov. Charlie Crist.

In a written response to Scott's proposal on auto registration fees, Crist said: "It's about time! When these fees were passed by Rick Scott's colleagues and signed into law they were never meant to be permanent. I'm surprised it's taken this long for Governor Scott to realize that it's time to roll these fees back -- better late than never."

A legislative proposal to cut the auto registration fee is already moving in the Florida Senate, but the cut is not quite as large as the governor is recommending.
The bill would cut the average auto registration fees by $12 a year and would cost the state an estimated $233 million.

Tuesday's news will take place at the Volkswagen of Orange Park at 7220 Blanding Boulevard in Jacksonville.

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