At an event in Sanford, DeSantis also insisted Central Florida taxpayers will not be forced to absorb the district’s nearly $1 billion in debt.
“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.”
Under state law, the district’s assets and liabilities would be transferred to the “local general purpose government” when it’s abolished. Those governments include Orange and Osceola counties and the Disney-controlled cities of Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista.
But DeSantis said he wants to put the state in charge of the district, while ensuring that Disney would continue to pay the taxes needed to maintain services for its theme park and resort properties. He suggested his plan could even result in higher pay for Reedy Creek’s firefighters.
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