Taxpayers are suing Gov. Ron DeSantis for eliminating Disney District

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A group of people are now suing state leaders over the decision to get rid of Disney’s Reedy Creek District, saying it was only passed to punish Disney and subsequently taxpayers, a law that would disband Reedy Creek. It accuses Gov. Ron DeSantis and other state officials of violating taxpayers’ constitutional rights along with Disney’s First Amendment rights. It said the law was meant to punish Disney after the company’s CEO spoke about what critics call “don’t say gay” increases, plus more than $1 billion in debt would have to come from either the counties or the state be taken over. “The moment it dissipates, that money is gone. Just Gone Reedy Creek will be transferred to the Orange County government,” said Scott Randolph, Orange County Tax Collector. RELATED: Reedy Creek repeal could mean a huge tax hike for Orange County Senate Will Sanchez on behalf of three people in Osceola County and one in Orange County. but so far no plans have been released. When asked what he would say in a message to DeSantis, Sanchez said, “Pay attention to what the taxpayers say.” The Miami attorney says filing a lawsuit against the governor is a bold move, but he says it is is on behalf of three affected people living in Osceola and Orange counties. “And I know we’re going to be sitting at the table about the lawsuit,” Sanchez said. The case filed in federal court is based on two premises. The first is that the state’s move to dissolve into Disney’s Reedy Creek “violates Disney’s First Amendment rights.” If true, that means Disney is being penalized for speaking up and expressing “disagreement with the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law” and the freedom of speech of anyone, whoever they are, and them must also abide by the Constitution,” Sanchez said of rights designed to ensure “Florida taxpayers are adequately safeguarded and protected.” The governor’s office says the state is working on a plan to ensure taxpayers don’t “bear the burden of Disney’s debt.” “We will not believe Governor DeSantis’ word. We want to see the evidence. And that’s why we filed the lawsuit,” Sanchez said. The governor and state officials will be served with this complaint on Thursday or Monday, and the state will then have 20 days to respond. WESH 2 has reached out to the governor’s office for comment on the lawsuit, but I have not heard back. Timeline: Disney’s journey from self-government to a Florida legislature stripping its status of law dubbed by critics the “Don’t Say Gay” law. “If very senior people at this company are talking about putting pansexualism in programs for young children, that’s wrong. Walt Disney wouldn’t want that. And so back to the mission. Do what you did great. and you got lost. Maybe this is the wake-up call they need to get back on track.” RELATED: Reedy Creek leadership says they’re groping in the dark and “assessing” before dissolving the district.

A group of people are now suing state leaders over the decision to get rid of Disney’s Reedy Creek District, saying it was only passed to punish Disney and then taxpayers.

The primary goal of this lawsuit is to get a judge to drop the law that would eliminate Reedy Creek.

It accuses Gov. Ron DeSantis and other state officials of violating taxpayers’ constitutional rights along with Disney’s First Amendment rights. The law is intended to penalize Disney after the company’s CEO commented on the law, which critics are calling “Don’t Say Gay.”

It cites comments from the Orange County Tax Collector that wiping out the district would result in large tax increases and would require over $1 billion in debt to be collected from either the counties or the state.

“The moment it resolves, that money is gone. Just gone. And instead, all of Reedy Creek’s debts and obligations will be transferred to the Orange County government,” said Orange County Tax Collector Scott Randolph.

RELATED: Reedy Creek repeal could mean huge tax hike for Orange County

This was actually filed in federal court this week by Will Sanchez, an attorney running for the US Senate, on behalf of three people in Osceola County and one in Orange County.

The governor has claimed that state lawmakers will come back and pass more bills to ensure the cost of Reedy Creek’s sinking doesn’t end up on taxpayers, but no plans have been released so far.

When asked what he would say in a message to DeSantis, Sanchez said, “Pay attention to what the taxpayers say.”

The Miami attorney says it’s a bold move to file a lawsuit against the governor, but he says it’s on behalf of three affected people who live in Osceola and Orange counties.

“And I know we’re going to be sitting at the table about the lawsuit,” Sanchez said.

The case filed in federal court is based on two premises. The first is that the state’s move to dissolve into Disney’s Reedy Creek “violates Disney’s First Amendment rights.” If true, that means Disney is being penalized for speaking up and expressing “disagreement with the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law.”

“Elected officials, presidents, judges, multi-billionaires… No one has the right to restrict the freedom of expression of anyone, whoever they are. They also have to abide by the constitution,” Sanchez said.

The second condition is that the dissolution of Reedy Creek “is likely to result in higher taxes for Orlando area residents” and violates the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, which is designed to ensure that “Florida taxpayers are adequately protected and protected.” “.

The governor’s office says the state is working on a plan to ensure taxpayers don’t “bear the burden of Disney’s debt.”

“We will not believe Governor DeSantis’ word. We want to see the evidence. And that’s why we filed the lawsuit,” Sanchez said.

The governor and state officials will be served with this lawsuit on Thursday or Monday, and then the state has 20 days to respond.

WESH 2 has contacted the governor’s office for comment on the lawsuit but has not yet received a response.

Timeline: Disney’s journey from self-government to the Florida legislature losing its status

DeSantis has made no attempt to disguise the fact that Reedy Creek’s elimination was in response to Disney opposing the Parental Rights in Education Act, which critics have dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” Act.

“I don’t feel comfortable having a company with its own government and special privileges when that company is committed to targeting parents in my state,” he said. “If very senior people at this company are talking about bringing pansexualism into programs for young children, that’s wrong. Walt Disney wouldn’t want that. And so back to the mission. Do what you did great. and you got lost Maybe that’s the wake-up call they need to get back on track.”

TIED TOGETHER: Reedy Creek leadership says they are groping in the dark and “assessing” the district’s dissolution.

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