Disneyland President Makes The Case For Continuation of Anaheim’s Gate Tax Ban

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Paired opposite Mayor Tait’s op-ed in Sunday’s OC Register was this column by Disneyland Resort President Michael Colglazier, making the case for the Anaheim City Council to approve the proposed development agreement with Disney and continue the gate tax ban for 30 years:

Sixty years ago, Walt Disney chose Anaheim as the home for his magic kingdom, with the hope that “Disneyland would never be completed … as long as there is imagination left in the world.” And for six decades, thanks in large part to the commitment of Anaheim city leaders to keep taxes low and ensure a welcoming business environment, Walt’s dream has become a reality.

We are proud to count so many residents of Anaheim and Orange County as our guests over the years, and we are proud to share in the lifelong memories they have created at Disneyland. We are also proud to be a powerful economic and job-creating engine for Anaheim and Orange County. The Disneyland Resort generates $5.7 billion annually, contributes $370 million in direct state and local taxes and is the largest contributor to Anaheim’s general fund. With 28,000 cast members, Disneyland has doubled its employment in the past 20 years, and businesses supporting the Anaheim resort have created tens of thousands of additional jobs in Southern California.

This Tuesday, on the eve of Disneyland’s diamond anniversary, the Anaheim City Council has the opportunity to continue this path of growth and success as it votes whether to reaffirm an Entertainment Tax Policy that has been in place for 20 years: No direct, local tax on entertainment admissions.

The decision can be boiled down to a simple question: Should the existing successful policy that has resulted in two decades of financial growth for the entire city of Anaheim be continued? We are confident the right answer is yes.

With the current policy set to expire in 2016, Disney has asked Anaheim to extend the assurance that Disneyland Resort guests will not be subject to a local entertainment tax for 30 years on the condition that Disney first commits to a $1 billion expansion of the resort, with the ability to extend an additional 15 years based on incremental investment.

A portion of that $1 billion investment could create a new 5,000-plus space parking structure that would balance traffic flow and relieve congestion on Ball Road, Disneyland Drive, Harbor Boulevard and Katella Avenue.

You  an read the entire column here.

9 comments

  1. I’m wondering when Disney, or the Angels for that matter are going to start to talk about all the great things the people and taxpayers of Anaheim have done for them over the years. It’s always the same, lame, one-way street.

    • Or you know . . . an elected official, nay a majority of elected officials, who articulate and defend what the people and taxpayers of Anaheim have contributed . . . that’d be nice.

  2. Anaheim Insider

    Yeah. Disney. What a parasite!!

  3. Proud Colonist

    So cantor claims to care about Anaheim residents and yet wants to keep the option open to tax us more to go to Disneyland or any place that charges admission. And once again – this clown doesn’t live in Anaheim so why does anyone care what he thinks?

    • Yea! More name calling.

      Actually, this clown doesn’t want to see your property taxes go up. Your city council has a serious spending problem. It would behoove you to leave your options open.

      That said, a gate tax might not be in your best interest. Trading it away without even examining the pros and cons, particularly for so little, is foolish.

      And, for fairness, the owner of this blog is not an Anaheim resident, but PLEASE, keep attacking me. It does loads for your credibility.

  4. Proud Colonist

    what spending problem? You mean the budget the mayor and council adopted unanimously? get your facts straight.

    • It’s really not that hard to count to a billion.

      Convention Center
      ARTIC
      ARC

      We’re what, halfway there? Not even including operating costs?

      Total existing bond debt?
      Pension debt?

      You add it up and look me in the face and tell me Anaheim doesn’t have a spending problem.

  5. Proud Colonist

    Pension debt is on Tait – he voted for 3@50 and his assistant is only person on council staff drawing a pension. ARTIC was county, state transportation funds. Convention center generates more than it costs. You are fundamentally incapable of telling the truth or checking facts. I’ve lived in this city for decades – you don’t have a clue what you are talking about.

    • Pension debt is real, whoever voted for it. Nice deflection.

      ARTIC was PARTIALLY funded trough tax grants outside of Anaheim. Then land, the operating costs– that’s all on you partner.

      The Convention Center absolutely does not generate more than it costs. It’s supported by self assessed taxes, not through fees attached to its own use.

      If you want to call someone a liar, make sure they’re as ignorant as you are first.

      Cheers.

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