Federal Judge Dismisses Osceola County Taxpayers’ Reedy Creek Lawsuit Against Governor DeSantis

A federal judge has officially dismissed the case against Governor Ron DeSantis filed by Osceola County taxpayers, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The lawsuit alleged that the bill signed into law by Governor DeSantis to dissolve the Reedy Creek Improvement District violated the Taxpayer Bill of Rights.

The residents’ concern is that they and other taxpayers will have to shoulder Disney’s $1 billion in bond debt if Reedy Creek is dissolved. Experts have estimated Disney’s bond debt to be between $1 billion and $2 billion, which would likely be transferred to residents of the local counties, increasing their property taxes by up to $2,200.

The lawsuit was dismissed because the law in question does not take effect until 2023 and the federal court does not have jurisdiction over a state issue. The judge also said that the law would have no direct effect on the plaintiffs.

The plaintiffs’ lawyer intends to refile the lawsuit.

Source: Orlando Sentinel

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