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Lower auto registration fees go into effect next week

It’ll be cheaper to register your vehicle in Florida starting Monday.

On Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott’s office announced the cost reductions in vehicle registration fees by type.

The current fees come from Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles spokesman John Lucas:

♦ Autos/trucks under 2,500 lbs: Down $18.55, from $46.15 to $27.60

♦ Autos/trucks from 2,500 to 3,499 lbs: Down $21.55, from $57.15 to $35.60

♦ Autos/trucks more than 3,500 lbs: Down $25.05, from $70.65 to $45.60

The reduced fees were part of a $500 million tax cut package passed by lawmakers earlier this year and approved by Scott, who faces re-election in November.

Scott announced plans for tax cuts months ago when predicted increases in state revenues resulted in a $1 billion budget surplus.

He later campaigned on an “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Agenda” and went on tour around the state.

The lowering of the auto fees made up the bulk of his requested cuts. They had been jacked up in 2009 to help narrow what was then a multibillion-dollar budget gap.

Former Gov. Charlie Crist, then a Republican, signed the fee increases into law after they were passed by the Republican-majority Legislature.

Crist is now the Democratic candidate opposing Scott.

“Families deserve to keep more of their hard earned money, and we will now be able to save Floridians $400 million, because it’s their money,” Scott said in a statement.

Other reductions passed this year included sales-tax holidays on hurricane-preparedness and back-to-school supplies, and on energy-saving appliances.

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