DeSantis Disney Board to Massively Raise Prices on Taxpayers

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Ron DeSantis with Mickey Mouse statue

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Governor Ron DeSantis and his board of directors want to jack up the cost of living for Floridians as part of their battle with the Walt Disney Company.

A glum-looking Ron DeSantis in front of Mickey Mouse moving suitcases at Disney World
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Even while DeSantis takes part in presidential candidate debates alongside other members of the Republican Party, the governor is still fighting it out with Disney. Since former CEO Bob Chapek took a public stance against the controversial Parental Rights in Education Act (better known as the “Don’t Say Gay” law), the GOP governor and the House of Mouse have been at odds in a very major and public way.

Conflicting Lawsuits

Among other things, this has led to multiple lawsuits between DeSantis and Disney. On one side, Disney claims that the company’s use of unrestricted free speech has led to political reprisal from the governor, a violation of its First Amendment Rights.

a grey photo of the front sign of Reedy Creek inside Walt Disney World.
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On the other side, DeSantis and his Central Florida Tourism Oversight District board of directors claim that Disney has used sneaky legal tactics to maintain power in the former Reedy Creek Improvement District where the iconic Walt Disney World Resort is located.

Reedy Creek Improvement District

For decades, the Walt Disney Company basically operated as the de facto local government of Central Florida, thanks to the Reedy Creek Improvement District, a special tax area that allowed the company a wide range of powers and responsibilities.

However, in what Disney claims was a “profoundly un-American” use of political power, DeSantis dissolved Reedy Creek and replaced it with the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District. He stocked the board of directors with his own members, one of whom was immediately accused of ethics violations and forced to resign from a conflicting political post.

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Since then, the board of directors discovered that Disney had the foresight to get a number of contracts signed before Reedy Creek went away, essentially blunting their own power.

Raising Fees on Floridians

Now, the board of directors is making a new move that will be very unlikely to win them public support.

According to a new report from Blogmickey.com, the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District has proposed a staggering 30% increase in taxpayer building fees in the area. The board claims that is in line with global trends, although that will likely be small comfort to taxpayers trying to develop property in Orange and Osceola counties. The proposition is reportedly being voted on this week.

Disney World Castle and Ron DeSantis
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The proposed increase would affect a huge number of fees imposed by the board, including  “building permits, plan review fees, revision fees, State of Florida surcharge fees, temporary structure fees, fees for manufactured buildings and trailers, building relocation fees, and permits related to fire alarms, electrical, fire suppression systems, gas, mechanical, plumbing, elevators, escalators, material lifts, and more.”

Residents in the area are already being hit with a huge tax bill that Disney used to shoulder before their governor decided to try to make an example of one of the most beloved media companies in the world. They probably won’t be thrilled to hear that they’re likely going to be paying even more soon.

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