Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano warns that a piece of legislation, which is awaiting the governor’s signature, contains a provision that will exclude 756,000 motor vehicle owners statewide from the benefits of the bill. The legislation, which will become effective on September 1, 2014, reduces auto tag renewal fees significantly for those who renew after that date. However, the bill specifically prohibits any vehicle owner who renewed their tag for a two-year period prior to the effective date of the bill from receiving a refund for the fees they paid when the reduction takes place.
“It is imperative that those who decide to renew their auto registration between now and the end of August strongly consider not renewing for two years,” Mike Fasano states. “If you do you will not be eligible to receive the benefits those who renew for one year starting September 1 will receive. The Florida Legislature has excluded the hundreds of thousands of people statewide who have, thus far, renewed for two years. That number will only grow daily unless we can help Florida vehicle owners understand how much money they will lose once this bill becomes law.”
Mike Fasano requests that anyone needing to renew their car registrations within the next few months only do so for one year. If they do they will be able to benefit from the reductions which will go into effect in September. If they do not, they will lose a year of reductions and will not see any benefit until they renew in 2016, which is two years after their current renewal date.