STURGIS, S.D. (AP) – The Jackpine Gypsies, the motorcycle club that founded the Sturgis Rally in 1936, is opposing a move by the city to annex some of the club’s property on the western edge of Sturgis.
Club President Brett Winsell denies rumors that they opposes the annexation only because it would increase their current $7,000 property tax bill by another $2,500.
Winsell says the Gypsies are more concerned with city ordinances that may prevent them from staging races and other events on the grounds. They feel the annexation is being pushed too quickly without adequate investigation or consideration.
Winsell says the club has heard different things from different officials and really don’t know why the city is pushing annexation – at least not now, adding that they’re asking, ‘is now really the time.”
Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie says the property and other parcels under consideration for annexation benefit from city services and should pay for them. The city council is expected to decide this month whether to move forward with annexation.