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Public vote on Spearfish annexation set next month

SPEARFISH (AP) — The Spearfish City Council has scheduled a special election Dec. 10 to determine the fate of a proposed annexation of land spanning more than a square mile.

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The annexation of 658 acres would increase the town's size by 6 percent and bring an estimated 1,635 new residents to the community. But some residents in the annexation area who don't want to pay for city services submitted petitions to force a public vote.

The Rapid City Journal reports that the City Council certified the petitions had the required 403 signatures and scheduled the vote for next month.

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