It seems we may know the future of Disney’s Reedy Creek District sooner than we thought as, according to the Governor’s office, Florida lawmakers are expected to discuss the district as soon as next week in a special session.
After announcing his proposed budget Wednesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis claimed big change is coming to the state and to Disney.
“Disney will not have self-governing status anymore. We’re gonna make sure that there are no special legal privileges and they’re abiding by the same laws. That will be in the bill and we’re gonna make sure that they are paying their fair share of taxes and the debt,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said.
DeSantis said he plans to put the district under direct state control. The legislature and DeSantis dissolved Reedy Creek last April amid Disney’s dispute with the governor over what critics say is a controversial bill he signed.
The dissolution of the taxing district sparked speculation that its nearly $1 billion bond obligations would fall on taxpayers but DeSantis claims they will not.
In reference to this situation, DeSantis commented the following: “People said, ‘Oh! All the Floridians are gonna get soaked with the Reedy Creek debt and all the taxes are gonna go up.’ Not happening. We said that at the time and now we’re gonna have a great framework in place to bring some sense to this and just understand that.”
The details of next week’s anticipated special session have not yet been released.
Local affiliate WESH 2 News reached out to representatives with Disney and Reedy Creek for comment on the special session but has not yet received a response.
What are your thoughts on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the possibility that he may bring an end to the Reedy Creek District completely? Let us know in the comments!
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