An End to Crash Tax
Some critics argued it was a tax on top of tax.
A new bill was signed into law that could take away some of the financial burden of getting into a traffic crash.
In 2008, the City of Ocala created an ordinance that allowed police to recover the costs of working crashes by fining insurance companies hundreds of dollars.
If insurance refused to cover the fine, the citizen was stuck with the tab.
That brought in almost 100 thousand dollars to the city of Ocala this year.
Governor Crist signed into law a bill that eliminates the charge that those involved in an accident pay on top of the ticket they may already receive.
Ocala City Manager Rick Horst says,
"We're not looking to see what else we can throw out there to raise the 98 thousand or 148 thousand, that's not our intent, our intent is to tighten our belt."
City manager Rick Horst says he would like to see insurance company's take some responsibility over creating crash reports where the law is not broken.
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