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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.

To read the full article on CitrusIndustry.net, click here.

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