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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

Jennie Larson

Field Appraiser Send an Email

Jan Hansen

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

Zoning Office Closed - 10/17 - 10/18
Monday, October 15, 2018

The Zoning Office will be closed on 10/17 and 10/18 due to staff conferences.

Medicare D Appointments - October 15
Sunday, October 14, 2018

Medicare D Appointments will begin October 15 Appointments will run through December 7. Lake County's SHINE Volunteer will be assisting with this process at the Extension Office. Dates for October include: 10/15/18 (1pm - 4pm); 10/16-10/17/18 (9am - 12pm); 10/23/18 (9am - 12pm & 1pm - 3pm); 10/24/18 (9am - 12pm); 10/30/18 (1pm - 4pm)

Property Tax Payment Drop Box
Monday, October 1, 2018

The Treasurer's Office also offers a drop box for property tax payments ONLY located between the double doors of the north entrance to the courthouse. Payments must include the payment coupon or parcel number with each payment and be in the exact amount only (all others will be returned). If you would like a receipt, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Payments dropped off after 4:30 p.m., M-F will be credited the following business day.

FREE TEXT REMINDERS
Monday, October 1, 2018

For motor vehicle license renewals and property tax payments. The Treasurer's Office now offers the option to sign up to receive a free text reminder at the beginning of the month when your motor vehicle license renewal is due. You can also sign up to receive a free text reminder at the beginning of both April and October when property taxes are due. Click here for additional details!

Real Estate & Mobile Home Taxes - Second Half
Monday, October 1, 2018

Second half property taxes are due by October 31. Please bring your tax notices with you. Tax payments must be made for the exact amount only.
Tax payments may be sent to the Treasurer's Office at 200 E. Center St, Madison, SD 57042 and MUST be postmarked by October 31. Please send your tax stubs to ensure proper credit to the correct parcels of land.
Please note: Payments received or postmarked after October 31st will reflect a late fee and interest, call the Treasurer's Office at 2

Public Forum / Open House
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

There will be a Public Forum / Open House on 10/23/2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the courtroom of the Lake County Courthouse. For additional information and facts about the proposed Lake County Public Safety Center and renovations to the existing Public Safety Building, an informational tri-fold brochure is available by clicking here.

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