State Senators Claim Governor Ron DeSantis May Establish New Special District Overseeing Walt Disney World Property
CNN correspondent Natasha Chen shared in a Twitter thread that, according to her fellow correspondent Leyla Santiago, Governor Ron DeSantis may establish a new special district run by his own appointees to oversee Walt Disney World Resort property after Reedy Creek Improvement District is dissolved.
Florida State Senator Linda Stewart, a Democrat representing Orange County, said in a press conference today, “The governor will establish a new district. That’s our latest word under the general-purpose government controlled by the governor, with appointments by the governor. Therefore, the debt will be paid, if this were the case, by the state of Florida for over a billion dollars. Turning it over to Orange County and Osceola County would create the largest property tax increase in our history. We don’t want that to happen.”
Reedy Creek Improvement District has approximately $1 billion in debt. If transferred to Orange and Osceola counties, residents could see a significant property tax increase.
The senators at today’s press conference questioned if the law to dissolve Reedy Creek is legally feasible and said that legal teams are looking into it.
“The bottom line,” said Florida State Senator Victor M. Torres Jr., “is this will affect 400 first responders in Reedy Creek, another 400 who run the sewage and electrical plants, another 2,000 private contractors in Reedy Creek as well.”