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ADOT To Issue Hundreds Of Refunds Over Public Safety Fee

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Hundreds of thousands of Arizona drivers will receive $32 refund checks from the state Department of Transportation. About 200,000 checks are going out in the mail this month, totaling about $6.6 million. The Arizona Republic reports that the refunds involve a controversial public safety fee that was part of vehicle registration costs approved three years ago and later rescinded. Republican Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita from Scottsdale told the newspaper that she added the refunds into the state budget for people who paid the fee in June because the department should not have charged it that month after its repeal.