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Gov. DeSantis: Reedy Creek Likely to Fall Under State, Not Local Control

As the scuffle between The Walt Disney Company and Florida’s State Government lingers on, Disney World’s special district, The Reedy Creek Improvement District, is still set to be terminated in 2023, and people want to know who is going to pick up the tab after Reedy Creek’s government is unfounded.

The current legislation states that all of Reedy Creek’s debts and expenses will be transferred to nearby Orange and Osceola Counties, leaving the local taxpayers to pay for roads, fire and police departments, and any outstanding debts. But it appears Gov. Ron DeSantis has other plans in mind.

Reedy Creek Improvement District Map

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According to the Orlando Sentinelthe governor will be putting forth legislation after the coming elections that would put Tallahassee in charge of the Reedy Creek area while Disney continues to pay for everything it needs to run its Theme Parks and Resort Hotels. 

“The path forward is, Disney will not control its own government in the state of Florida,” DeSantis said. “Disney will have to follow the same laws that every other company has to follow in the state of Florida. They will pay their share of taxes, and they will be responsible for paying the debts.”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

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“I’d much rather have the state leading that effort than potentially having local government [in charge],” he added. “I’m worried that they [local officials] would use that as a pretext to raise taxes on people when that’s what they would want to do anyways and then try to blame Reedy Creek. So we’re not going to give them that opportunity.”

Arguably sparked by The Walt Disney Company‘s announcement to use its corporate influence to overturn Florida‘s Parental Rights in Education Legislation, Florida lawmakers decided to overturn the Reedy Creek Improvement Act and eliminate the special privileges Disney has received, owning and operating The Walt Disney World Resort with a level of self-governance that earned it the nickname “the Theme Park Vatican City.”

It is still unclear at this time just how Florida lawmakers will look to eliminate Disney’s autonomous zone, but the terminating legislation does give The Walt Disney Company a chance to amend its operation to Florida’s ratified constitution and reapply for special district status before June 1, 2023.

Disney World Entrance

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Related: Judge DISMISSED Lawsuit Against DeSantis’ Termination of Disney World District

Meanwhile, life goes on seemingly unabated at The Most Magical Place On Earth. Its latest attraction, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, is scheduled to open to the public on May 27.

We at Disney Fanatic will continue to update our readers on this story and other Disney World news as more developments come to light.

About T.K. Bosacki

TK is a writer and editor based in Tampa, FL with a passion for all things Disney, and adventure.