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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

County Offices Closed
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

County Offices will be closed on Thursday, November 28, and Friday, November 29, in observance of Thanksgiving.

Notice of Land Lease
Friday, November 1, 2019

The County Commissioners will offer for lease by auction on the first floor lobby of the Courthouse on 11/19/19 at 9:30 a.m. the land known as the Lake County Poor Farm. Click here for the public notice.

Invitation for Bid
Monday, October 28, 2019

Click here for Invitation to Bid - sealed bids for the Lake County Courthouse Remodel project will be received at the Lake County Auditor's Office, 200 Center East Street, Madison, SD 57042 until 2 P.M., Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at which time bids will be opened and read aloud in the Commission meeting room.

SHINE Appointments
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Senior Health Information & Insurance Education (SHIINE) volunteer will be taking appointments at the Lake County Extension Office located at 1000 S Egan Ave. Please call 256-7603 to make an appointment. Medicare Card and list or prescriptions are needed for the appointment.

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