Fees and fines
In addition to a billion-dollar increase in tobacco taxes, the new fiscal
year will bring a long series of fee increase -- not all of them hitting on
State parks: Admission to Florida's 160 state parks will rise from $1
to $3 per carload, up to eight people, along with average increases of $4 a
night for camping and $10 nightly for cabin rentals.
"This fee increase will help keep Florida's state parks open for residents
and visitors to experience, while still proving to be one of the most
affordable activities in the state," said Bob Ballard, deputy secretary for
land and recreation at the Department of Environmental protection.
Court filing fees: They will rise $505 for civil and family cases
involving between $50,000 and $250,000 -- plus $1,000 more for suits of more
than $250,000. Probate fees rise $115 and there will be a $100 filing fee hike
for non-family civil cases.
Driver license: Fees for car registration, driving licenses and
vehicle titles are also rising in the new year.
Driver license renewal goes from $20 to $48.
Car registration: Registration fees go up in each weight class -- from
$28.10 to $46.65 for lighter cars; from $36.10 to $57.65 in the 2,500- to
3,499-pound class; and from $46.10 to $71.15 for vehicles more than 3,500
Title and registration fees also shot up, more than doubling for many cars.