03/12/14: Tax Collector wants to help motorists save money

Tax Collector wants to help motorists save money

Florida motor vehicle registration costs may be lowered by up to $25 annually

CLEARWATER, FL, MARCH 12, 2014 – Diane Nelson, Tax Collector, is looking out for Pinellas County residents. The Florida Legislature is currently reviewing a bill that may lower the cost of motor vehicle registrations by up to $25.00 per year. In a proactive effort, Ms. Nelson is removing the two-year renewal option from motor vehicle renewal notices. She stated, “If this bill passes, I want to give Pinellas County residents the opportunity to take advantage of the savings it will offer. I would be disheartened if someone missed out on the opportunity to save money because they were not informed of the pending legislation and potential savings.” If approved, this legislative change is scheduled to take effect September 1, 2014.

In 2013, nine percent of Pinellas County residents took advantage of the biennial registration. If this bill passes with a conservative estimate of $12.50 in annual savings per registration, Pinellas County residents would save approximately $500,000.00 by holding off on biennial renewals until the new rates are established.

Residents will still have the option to renew their registrations for two years. They simply need to write “two year renewal” and double the amount to be paid on their registration renewal return card. There is no cost advantage with two-year registration renewals, they are offered as a matter of convenience.

ABOUT THE PINELLAS COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR’S OFFICE: The Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office is a constitutionally elected office responsible for collecting and distributing state and local taxes, and for providing driver license and motor vehicle registration services to Pinellas County residents. The Office received the 2013 Governor’s Sterling Award for performance excellence. For more information visit www.taxcollect.com.

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