JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi tax collectors aren't selling new vanity or specialty motor vehicle license plates because the State Tax Commission doesn't have the money to buy them.
The Legislature hasn't decided yet how much more money the commission will get so it can resume the sales.
Also being addressed by lawmakers is a $33 million shortage in a fund that reimburses counties for money lost on tag sales.
In the 1990s, lawmakers decided to give Mississippi motorists a discount on car tags and make up for the loss to counties by raising the sales tax on new cars from 3 percent to 5 percent.
The current drop in car sales has meant a decline in those sales taxes, leading to the $33 million shortfall.
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