Florida senate puts halt on $100 new car tax bill

| Monday, May 02, 2005

A measure that would’ve added a $100 tax to the price of a new car in Florida has been shot down by the state Senate.

The added revenue that the original bill would’ve generated will instead come from an added $5 on every vehicle’s registration, according to the proposed bill.

The Senate Transportation Committee passed the bill, S2524, but removed the rule regarding the $100 fee. A similar bill in the house, H1409, still contains the provision. However, the author of the Senate bill, Sen. Steve Geller, D-Hallandale Beach, told the Miami Herald he was pessimistic about the larger fee.

“I don’t believe a $100 per vehicle tax is something that will pass in the Florida Senate, and I’m candidly curious how it will pass in the Florida House,” Geller said.

Had the bill passed, revenue would have gone to the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority as a way to attract matching federal grants, which are competitive with other regions with large transportation systems such as Los Angeles, the Herald reported.