TALLAHASSEE (by Rick Flagg/FLA. NEWS NETWORK) -- The Florida Senate votes to roll back motor vehicle tag fees. Lawmakers increased those fees in 2009 to help balance the state budget. Senator Chris Smith says it had to be done.
"We did the responsible thing of raising these fees so we could keep the lights on, we could keep people working, we could keep things done in the state of Florida," Smith said.
"Now that the economy has turned around, I think we're doing the responsible thing again, giving the money back to the people."
You'll only save about $25 a year on your tags, but Senator Joe Negron says it adds up to a huge tax cut.
"The total recurring reduction in fees is just under $400 million, it's right at $395 million."
If the House and the Governor go along as expected, the lower tag fees will take effect September 1st.