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Spearfish effort would force vote on annexation

SPEARFISH (AP) — Spearfish Valley residents opposed to the city's annexation of 660 acres have until Oct. 30 to gather enough signatures to force a public vote on it.

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Jim Lee is one of the coordinators of Concerned Citizens of Spearfish Valley and tells the Black Hills Pioneer he hasn't met one person in favor of bringing the area into the city limits.

Spearfish Valley residents say they didn't ask for city services, don't need city services and just want to be left alone. City officials have argued that residents in city limits pay to provide police, fire and ambulance services in the area when Lawrence County officials can't respond.

If enough signatures are gathered, a public vote for or against annexation would happen in December.