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Pinellas Tax Collector considering waiving fees for ID cards

Pinellas County Tax Collector Diane Nelson might nix the processing fees homeless people pay for state identification cards after all.

Earlier this year, the Pinellas Homeless Leadership Board complained that a new state law waiving the $25 cost for the IDs didn't go far enough because it still let county tax collectors, who issue the cards, charge a processing fee of $6.25 a pop.

Social service advocates say the charge quickly adds up for transients, who constantly must change their address as they shuffle among temporary housing or whose IDs are illegally confiscated by police because of failure to update that information.

Nelson's office said in February that it couldn't afford to waive the fee. However, a spokesman said Nelson recently agreed to spend a year studying transaction patterns before deciding whether to issue the IDs to the homeless for free.

According to the Homeless Leadership Board, at least five Florida counties already waive the fee.

Pinellas Tax Collector considering waiving fees for ID cards 05/02/13 [Last modified: Thursday, May 2, 2013 11:41pm]
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