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Gov. Rick Scott brings re-election campaign to Tampa

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Gov. Rick Scott stopped by the News Channel 8 studio during his campaign swing through the state. Gov. Rick Scott stopped by the News Channel 8 studio during his campaign swing through the state.
Gov. Rick Scott is in Tampa for the second day of his campaign swing through the state. Gov. Rick Scott is in Tampa for the second day of his campaign swing through the state.
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - Gov. Rick Scott made a stop in the Tampa Bay area on the second day of his campaign swing through the state.

Scott is calling the five-day trip his “Help is on the way” Statewide Tax Cut Tour, focusing on measures during the legislative session including the reduction of auto tag fees for drivers.

“In 2009, Charlie Crist raised them 54 percent, so we’ve reduced them back to where they were before,” Scott said during an appearance on News Channel 8 Today. “It’s $400 million back in your pocket.”

The tag fee reduction will save drivers $25 per registration, starting in September.

Scott and supporters attended a rally at Brandon Honda that drew some high-profile Florida Republicans including House Speaker Will Weatherford, Sen. Jack Latvala and Sen. Tom Lee, who also serves as chair of the Hillsborough Republican Party.

Crist, meanwhile, is campaigning in South Florida and countering Scott’s tax cut claims by pointing to property taxes.

“So he cut the (auto tag) fees about 25 dollars but in the same budget he raised property taxes about $400 million, that doesn’t make any sense, in fact it’s nonsense,” Crist said in an interview.

While property tax rates are not going up, many homeowners will likely see their property tax bills increase because home values have increased, said Warren Weathers, chief deputy property appraiser for Hillsborough County.

“If you leave the tax rate the same which they did, you’re gonna see an increase,” Weathers said. “So most people will.”

Asked about the issue of bills going up, Scott said: “The right things are happening. The value of properties is going up.”

On a follow-up question, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, a former property appraiser, jumped in.

“If values go up in prop it just increases the revenue,” he said.


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