MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The years-long annexation battle between the city of Montgomery and the town of Pike Road continues after the Alabama Supreme Court reversed a key ruling Friday.
The land on which the Chantilly Parkway Home Depot and Wal-Mart stores sit has been a source of contention for the municipalities for sometime.
Whoever gets the annexation rights also gets the sales tax revenues the two stores generate. Right now, neither Pike Road nor Montgomery is reaping the benefits. The money, possibly in the millions, goes into an escrow account.
The Supreme Court reversed Montgomery Circuit Judge William Shashy's ruling that favored Pike Road and sent the matter back to him for further review.
According to Montgomery city attorneys the court's reason for reversal was because Shashy and Pike Road relied on Alabama Act 2008-481. That act basically said any annexation that went uncontested between 1991 and May 28, 2008 automatically became validated. The attorney said the Supreme Court ruled that act did not apply to Pike Road.
Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange believes the ruling will bring both the Home Depot and Wal-Mart into the city's limits.
WSFA 12 News has spoken with Pike Road mayor Gordon Stone and will have his reaction as soon as it comes into the WSFA 12 Newsroom.
WSFA 12 News will have more information as soon as the official opinion is released at 2:00pm.