In the next installment of Walt Disney World’s battle with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Disney created a webpage entitled “The Value of Disney Reedy Creek to Florida.”
The page discusses the impact of the district on Florida and its importance to the Walt Disney World Resort. A special taxing district was created in 1967 that covered municipal services for the Disney property. The special taxing district has facilitated a world-class tourist destination and helped Florida economically and environmentally.
Reedy Creek was created because, at the time the Parks were created in 1960, water and power lines from other counties were not close enough. With Reedy Creek, the Walt Disney World Resort would be “solely responsible for paying to provide typical municipal services including power, water, roads and fire protection.” Reedy Creek helped Disney World come to life.
Disney states that, as a company, it is one of the largest taxpayers in the region, “collecting a combined $1.146B in state and local taxes.” Disney also cites its land donation and financing of public infrastructure to local communities. Basically, Disney has been helping Floridians in the community while shouldering the tax burden for things like roadways.
Disney argues that the special tax districting has “helped drive economic prosperity in Florida” by creating jobs and billions of dollars in investments. Right now, there are over 75,000 Cast Members catering to visitors from all over the world.
Read the full page on Disney Connect.
Walt Disney World Resort in Florida clearly makes a positive impact on Floridans’ way of life.
Your move, DeSantis.