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Rep. Boyd wants to repeal hike in license, title fees

Increases recently went into effect to help close deficit.

By Cindy Swirko

Published: Friday, September 11, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 9:12 p.m. 

State Rep. Debbie Boyd, D-Newberry, has co-sponsored legislation that would repeal the increase in license and title fees that recently took effect.

"These fee increases are simply a tax on anyone who drives," said Boyd, who opposed the increases when passed by the Legislature this spring.

"These expenses will hit our working-class families and small businesses the hardest, and they hit just when people can least afford them," Boyd said.

The fees were approved to help close a deficit in the state budget.

The increases recently went into effect, causing a renewal rush that clogged the offices of tax collectors and crashed a computerized program.

Boyd’s office said she is concerned about calls she has received from constituents who were unable to renew their tags or licenses within the short time frame allowed by the legislation.

Boyd signed House Bill 99 on Wednesday. Under a letter sent by Rep. Ron Saunders, D-Key West, the legislation would "revert vehicle registration and title fees and driver’s license fees back to what they were before the passage of Senate Bill 1778."