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The Lake County Director of Equalization is appointed by the Lake County Board of Commissioners.

The function of the Director of Equalization Office is to annually value all real property in Lake County at its full and true value. The Director of Equalization and staff are responsible for discovering, listing, and valuing all real property within Lake County. They are also responsible for linking real properties to their respective owners and placing assessed values and owners' names on the assessment roles. Types of properties included in the assessment process are: residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural classes of property.

The Director of Equalization has a number of additional responsibilities which include providing equalization between classes of property; deciding on adjustments to properties; reviewing all abatements; administering all state laws pertaining to the ad valorem property tax assessment; providing for the review and appeal of assessments; testifying in court on assessments; and deciding on tax exemptions and tracking each exemption.

The Director of Equalization and appraisal staff must be certified by the South Dakota Department of Revenue in order to assess real property for tax purposes. After initial certification appraisers must be re-certified every five years. Requirements for re-certification include; attending and passing the annual Department of Revenue sponsored school; attending workshops, and attending the South Dakota Association of Assessing Officers Conferences.

Staff

Rick Becker

Director of Equalization Send an Email

Deb Blanchette

Deputy Director of Equalization Send an Email

Chris Downs

Field Appraiser Send an Email

Ashley Allgaier

Administrative Assistant Send an Email

Contact Information

Main Office

Address:
Lake County Equalization
200 E Center St
Madison SD 57042

Phone:
605-256-7605
Fax:
605-256-7626

Office Hours:
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday – Friday (excluding Holidays)

Announcements

Planning Commission Application Deadline - 12/23/21
Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Deadline to submit application to Zoning Officer for December Planning Commission meeting.

Volunteers Needed - Interest Applications Available
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Interest applications are being accepted for a position on the Planning Commission and a position on the Weed and Pest Board. For additional information and to download the interest application, please visit our website at: Public Notices

PUBLIC SNOW REMOVAL NOTICE
Friday, November 12, 2021

NOTICE: An individual who plows snow from a driveway onto a public road, or plows snow from a driveway across a public road piling it in the ditch, may be in violation of a SD law that prohibits dumping on or within highway right-of-ways. Intentional dumping on a highway right-of-way is a Class 1 misdemeanor. This may also be a violation of a SD law that prohibits the destruction of a highway grade or ditch, which is a Class 2 misdemeanor.

LAKE COUNTY OPENS UP APPLICATIONS FOR ARPA GRANTS TO NONPROFITS
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

The County Commission has opened up applications for ARPA funding to be made available as grants to nonprofits for eligible uses. The County's ARPA Nonprofit Grant Program Guidelines and Grant Application will be available on the County's website at www.lake.sd.gov/custom/public-notices from November 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021.

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