Group that founded the Sturgis Rally in jeopardy of annexation

STURGIS, S.D. — The Jackpine Gypsies founded the Sturgis Rally back in 1936. Now they’re worried about having their property annexed by the City of Sturgis. This week they released a statement about the situation.

According to the Jackpine Gypsies, there has been misleading information. It had been rumored that the group was unwilling to pay an extra $2,500 in property taxes if they were annexed. The chairmen states, that simply isn’t true.

He says the group was originally led to believe that they would have to pay an extra $10,000 to $20,000 on their already $7,000 property tax bill.

The chairman, Brett Winsell says, “our main issue is the rules and regulations of the new ordinances that would be placed on us. It might make it impossible for us to continue operating.”

He says his group wasn’t informed that they were in jeopardy of being annexed. They found out through the paper.

They feel the annexation is being pushed quickly without adequate investigation and consideration.

“We’ve heard different things from all the different officials, so we really don’t know why they’re annexing us. We’re asking, ‘is now really the time,’” says Winsell.

The City of Sturgis expects to decide in March. We reached out to the City of Sturgis but they were unable to make someone available for comment at the time for this story.

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