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Box tax could increase for Florida oranges

Florida citrus officials are taking another look at raising a tax on growers as they wait to see if a legislative boost in marketing dollars becomes a victim of the coronavirus, Citrus Industry reports.

The Florida Citrus Commission (FCC) on May 20 directed staff members to include in a budget proposal due in June the impacts of raising from 7 cents to 12 cents or 15 cents a per-box tax on oranges. Growers pay the tax to help market their crops.

In addition to a tax hike that could help increase marketing from $3 million in the current year to more than $9 million, staff would have to provide options of no increase to the box tax and the continued use of remaining “fund balance” dollars.

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