New Bill Could Bring License fees Down
With the economic recession, you might think prices would be dropping.
But as drivers are learning, the price to renew your driver's license and vehicle registration has gone up quite a bit.
The increase has caught many people by surprise, like Gainesville
resident, Ren Barrios.
He has 3 cars in his name and is not happy about paying higher prices.
“It's hard on us, “ Barrios told TV20. “It's too much money but what we can we do. There's nothing we can do but forget about it. We have to pay.”
The cost of a Florida driver's license has nearly doubled- now costing 48 dollars. To renew your vehicle registration on a medium-sized vehicle has gone up about 12 dollars now costing 44 dollars.
State representative Debbie Boyd is opposed to these tax increases.
She says that these fees affect every single person that drives a vehicle or has a driver's license.
These are our hard working families. These are our businesses. These are people on fixed incomes that are already having trouble making ends meet at home.
But there may be some hope for those who strongly oppose the increase.
Representative Boyd is co-sponsoring a bill to make the cost of renewing your license and registration, go back to what it was before September 1st.
“So we need to look for efficiencies in government, just like we look for efficiencies in our own houses or our own businesses and I think there are still some efficiencies to find," Boyd said.
Barrios agrees. “As a matter of fact, I think it's a good idea. I hope they pass that bill and approve it to consider everybody because it's too much, too much money.”
If the bill passes, the fees will go back to what they were before September 1st, next July.
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