Walt Disney World was warned of tax increases by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Monday in revenge for the company’s refusal to allow the state to assume control of its special taxing area. DeSantis also warned to construct a jail or a rival theme park close to the Magic Kingdom.
The Florida Republican outlined his strategy for seeking payback on Disney, saying the GOP-controlled state legislature would take action to “officially reject” Disney’s efforts at keeping control of the district using last-minute strategies.
A measure that will “ensure that individuals know that you cannot have the right to establish your company above the goodwill of the citizens of Florida,” according to DeSantis, is going to be approved by lawmakers.
Early this year, DeSantis attempted to gain the authority of the Reedy Creek Improvement District, a special tax district that for 50 years provided Disney authority over the property surrounding its amusement parks in Central Florida, and he appointed some of his political supporters to the board of supervisors.
Yet, Disney and the departing board came to a deal in February that appeared to make the group incapable of managing the entertainment beast. For an entire month, the DeSantis administration was uninformed of the arrangement, and when it was made public, they committed payback.