Visitors enter the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim. Photo by John Schreiber.
Visitors enter the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim. Photo by John Schreiber.

The Anaheim City Council Tuesday will discuss a $1 billion expansion of Disneyland Resort that would add attractions and parking with one significant caveat — the company wants to prohibit admission ticket taxes for another 30 years.

Mayor Tom Tait, who supported the tax exemption in 1996, has had a change of heart since then, citing a $500 million unfunded pension obligation.

The Lincoln Club of Orange County endorsed the plan on Monday.

“Disneyland and its economic reach already contribute approximately $150 million annually, which is more than 50 percent of Anaheim’s general fund revenue,” club president Wayne Lindolhm said. “The additional investment will grow that revenue substantially.”

According to city officials, any entertainment tax would require voter approval.

The plan would include 5,000 new parking spots and unspecified new attractions.

Anaheim resort area draws more than 23 million visitors with 78, or 52 percent, of the city’s hotels. The resort generates $147.6 million in tax revenue annually.

The resort area, which includes Disneyland and California Adventure Park, would generate $17.9 million per year in hotel, sales tax and indirect property tax revenue if the $1 billion expansion goes forward as planned.

—City News Service

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