Florida residents will enjoy a little financial relief each year with lower vehicle registration rates, and the Pinellas County Tax Collector began mailing out renewal notices to its populace Monday.
The adjusted rates take effect for registration renewals beginning Sept. 1.
The Legislature voted earlier this yeat to essentially roll back a rate hike it approved in 2009.
The 2009 increase led to Floridans’ average one-time annual vehicle registration and tag renewal going up about $25, to $71 from $46.
“From day one of the 2014 Legislative Session, Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature committed to making a reduction in vehicle fees the centerpiece of meaningful tax relief for Florida’s families,” wrote Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, after the rate-rollback bill was approved.
According to a Pinellas County Tax Collector press release, Florida vehicle owners collectivley will save roughly $400 million per year.
The reason Pinellas County is mailing September renewals later than normal is to reduce confusion and help residents take advantage of the new, lower fee, said Pinellas Tax Collector Diane Nelson. “I would be disheartened if someone with a September renewal accidentally renewed their vehicle registration before the first and missed out on the opportunity to save money because they were not informed of the new fee structure.”
The renewal notices sent out Monday included an informational insert about the reduced fee structure.
Although newer rates become available online on Sept. 1, they will not be accepted in branch offices until Sept. 2, because of the Labor Day holiday.
Pinellas County residents are encouraged to renew online at www.taxcollect.com.