Florida Senate Passes Bill to Strip Disney Resort of Special Self-governing Status

The Florida Senate passed a bill on 20APR that would end the special taxing district that allows the Walt Disney Co. to self-govern in its theme park area. The measure now requires a vote in the state House before it can go to the desk of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who called on the Legislature to support the bill during a special session, reports NBC News. The legislation would end Disney’s special district on 01JUN 2023. The special status, which was granted by a Florida law in 1967, allows Disney to self-govern 25,000 acres in the Orlando area by collecting taxes and providing emergency services. The district allows the company to build new structures and pay impact fees for the construction without the approval of a local planning commission.

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