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Sturgis Voters Decide Against Annexation

February 3, 2010 by   - () Leave a Comment

Residents of Meade County, S.D., have voted not to annex an area east of Sturgis to the city, according to The Associated Press.

Tuesday’s vote was 920 against and 818 in favor, meaning about 53% of voters opposed the plan.

The city had hoped to bring in the additional 1,800 acres to generate more sales tax revenue. Officials said that during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, businesses and campgrounds in the area benefited from city services without having to pay taxes.

Full Throttle Saloon owner Mike Ballard said he brings business to the city, and the city was trying to take money away from him.

The annexation plan ended up on the ballot after opponents gathered enough signatures to refer it to a public vote.

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