Florida is Ending Disney’s Special Tax District

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is trying to remove Disney World, an entertainment resort in Orlando, Florida, from their position as governor of the districts that they created. This is happening because Disney did not agree with Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Bill, more commonly known as the “Don’t Say, Gay Bill.” 

This started a month ago after Disney disapproved of the Parental Rights in Education Law, and currently, the Florida Legislature is meeting to pass the bill. If the Florida Legislature goes through with this, then all the independent districts will be stopped. Desantis put out a proclamation that any special tax districts that were created before 1968 would be eliminated by a Republican-controlled body. Disney organized their special tax district in 1967, which means that Disney can be its own government to the people of the district. That means that Disney provides the people with public services.

The district that Disney owns is called Reedy Creek Improvement District and if the Florida Legislature takes over control of the district. They might have to hire new public services since the district is using the ones that Disney provides them with. Also, their property taxes will most likely go up because it will be under the state, not Disney. This might lead to many people who can’t afford to keep up with property taxes moving away from the district. 

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