The Florida governor’s office has assured the state that Disney will not pass the tax burden on to citizens.
Governor’s spokeswoman Ron DeSantis assured Floridians that their taxes will not be affected by the legal restructuring of the private governing body of The Walt Disney World, the Reedy Creek Improvement District. The district isn’t sure what the repercussions will be from the legislation DeSantis signed to dissolve it in June 2023.
“As Governor DeSantis has said, Disney will pay its fair share of taxes, and the abolition of the special district will not result in tax increases for residents of any area of Florida,” DeSantis spokeswoman Christina Pushaw said in a statement online. social networks.
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He continued: “If it is true that the repeal of the special district would give Disney a tax break, and local taxpayers would be committed to this bailout to benefit Disney…then why would Disney be opposed to repealing their special district? In fact, why wouldn’t Disney have lobbied to get rid of the special district a long time ago?
The district, which was established in 1967 and includes parts of two counties, can collect its own taxes and develop its own infrastructure. Its operating budget for 2022 is more than $169 million, but at this time no one knows how the needs of the area and its people will be met in the future.
“Floridians, including residents of Orange and Osceola counties, will not be affected,” Pushaw said. “Don’t be fooled by another partisan political lie amplified by the media.”
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A recurring assumption by critics of the legislation has been that neighboring counties will see tax increases to account for nearly $1 billion in district debt. DeSantis has shrugged off such concerns, stating that there will be more legislation to address these issues.