Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club will not be annexed
STURGIS, S.D. — On Tuesday, August 4th, the city of Sturgis held a special referendum election for the annexation of property owned by the Jackpine Gypsies.
The election resulted in 737 votes opposed and 421 votes were support of the annexation. There were 1,158 total Sturgis residents who voted to overturn the city council’s decision.
The annexation would have forced Jackpine Gypsies to pay for services such as water, sewer, and public safety as well as requiring the club to start collecting sales tax. The club says they’re thankful for citizens opposing the annexation, something they felt would make holding numerous rally events difficult.
“The people won out and so liberty prevailed in this situation” said Brett Winsell, Chairman of the Board at Jackpine Gypsies. “So we are extremely excited it’s like a huge weights lifted off our shoulders. And we are ready to go ahead and put together probably the very best set of shows the Jackpine Gypsies has ever put on.”
Although Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club received enough votes in opposition to being annexed, the city could still try to annex the club in the future.
“If they want to sit down, we are happy to negotiate an agreement with them as always.” said Daniel Ainslie, Sturgis City Manger, “But now if they would not want to do a voluntary annexation we would have to wait at least a year before looking at another annexation attempt.”
As of right now the city officials are not planning another annexation attempt.