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Reedy Creek’s governor-appointed board to cut $8M in law enforcement overtime on Disney properties

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The governor-appointed board overseeing Disney’s special district is going after the deputies hired to protect park guests.

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During a Wednesday meeting, officials said the previous board spent $8 million every year on law enforcement overtime on Disney properties.

Now, the board is doing away with that spending and cutting $8 million used to pay law enforcement officers in off-duty shifts, saying the cost of fighting Disney in court has caused it to have to find money in other places.

READ: Board overseeing Disney’s special district to hold closed-door meeting Wednesday

The Central Florida Tourism Oversight District manages the land known as Reedy Creek, on which Disney owns all the property. The previous board, called the Reedy Creek Improvement District, was controlled by Disney itself.

There is currently a deal in place with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office through the fall of 2024.

READ: Disney asks judge to throw state Reedy Creek lawsuit out

The board said it found other places to cut money as it relates to its spending on Disney, but it was not clear what they were referring to.

READ: Power play: Disney handicapped new Reedy Creek board before handing over control

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.