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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

Public Meeting/Open House for Lake County Transportation Plan
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

10/5/2020 at 10:00 a.m., Lake County Courthouse Commission Room
Lake County will hold an open house style public meeting to discuss and receive input on the development of a Transportation Plan for Lake County. The open house will be informal with one on one discussion with County officials and staff.

County Offices Closed
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

County offices will be closed on Monday, October 12, 2020, in observance of Native American Day.

Resolution 2020-16 Designating Polling Places for General Election
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

On 9/17/2020, the Lake County Commission passed Resolution 2020-16 Designating Polling Places for the November 3, 2020 General Election. Click here to view the Resolution or view it on our Election Information page.

Driver Licensing Schedule Change
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The Lake County 4-H Center will be used as a polling place for the general election. For that reason, Driver Licensing will NOT be in Madison on Tuesday, November 3rd, but they WILL be in Madison on Monday, November 2nd at the Lake County 4-H Center.

September - License Plate Renewal S
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Vehicle License plate renewal for vehicle owners with the FIRST letter in their LAST NAME that begins with S.

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