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Your Views: It’s time to end ad valorem taxes for those with older vehicles

POSTED: January 3, 2013 1:00 a.m.

Thank you for clarifying the information about the new motor vehicle title fee. However, one fact about the fee has been swept under the political rug ever since it was ramrodded through the legislature with no apparent thought about how it would affect every resident: The annual ad valorem tax continues without relief for anyone who can’t buy a car, whether new or used, beginning in 2013.

So the people who need tax relief the most are the very people who will continue to shoulder this tax burden with no end in sight. This includes senior citizens on fixed incomes who may be nursing an old car through their final years of driving, as well as the average person who has struggled to finish several years of new car payments and is in no position to go into debt again.

Then there are all the hard-working people who have a hard time coping with high gas prices, rising food prices, auto repairs and insurance. To some, the relatively low ad valorem bill on an old vehicle may seem like a minor expense. But to many people in tough economic times, this unending expense can make a real difference.

Wouldn’t it make sense to revise this tax structure so that it truly represents reform rather than a selling point for car dealers? Wouldn’t it be humane to exempt cars or people over a certain age (10 years for a car or age 65)? If these old cars carry a low tax, how much would it hurt the state to help the people who own them survive?

Michelle Crawford
Gainesville


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