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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

VACANT

Field Appraiser 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

ELECTION NOTICES
Thursday, May 19, 2022

A number of public notices were posted today related to the Primary Election, including Notice of Primary Election, Notice of Testing Automatic Tabulating Equipment, 2022 Statewide Ballot Measure, Instructions to the Voters, and Sample Ballots. Please visit the election page here to view the notices.

County Offices Closed - 5/30/2022
Sunday, May 15, 2022

County offices will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2022, in observance of Memorial Day.

May - License Plate Renewal H/I/O
Sunday, May 1, 2022

Vehicle License plate renewal for vehicle owners with the FIRST letter in their LAST NAME that begins with H or I or O.

Planning Commission Application Deadline - 5/24/2022
Wednesday, April 27, 2022

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

Absentee Voting Begins - 4/22/2022
Friday, April 15, 2022

Absentee voting begins on 4/22/2022 for the Primary Election on 6/7/2022.

Notice of Primary Election - 6/7/22
Thursday, April 7, 2022

A Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, in all the voting precincts in Lake County. The election polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. central time on the day of the election. Click here to view the entire notice.

Notice of Deadline for Voter Registration
Thursday, April 7, 2022

Voter registration for the Primary Election to be held on June 7, 2022 will close on May 23, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Please click here to view the entire notice.

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