The move brought to a close a five year long legal battle that cost those homeowners – and every other taxpayer within the city limits – an estimated $250,000 from the city tax coffers in the way of legal fees, tax refunds and court costs.
Circuit Judge Dennis Foust brought the lengthy legal battle over what he called illegal annexations by the city in 1996-1997 to an end when he made a final ruling declaring the city had, indeed, not followed state statutes and declared the annexations void. Foust was appointed to the case after former Circuit Judge Bill Cunningham recused himself.
Included in the ruling are Cherokee Hill Subdivision, Apache Heights Subdivision and Wyandot Village. Also included was a small parcel referred to as Cherokee Hill Number three.
Find the most in-depth coverage of the city de-annexation in the July 4 Cadiz Record.