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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

Real Estate & Mobile Home Taxes - Second Half
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

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.

Property Tax Payment Drop Box
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

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.

County Offices Closed
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

County offices will be October 14 in observance of Native Americans Day!

Physical Review Request
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Due to the County Wide Flooding, the Equalization Office encourages any property owners who have suffered property damage or loss due to flooding to contact our office immediately to request a physical review by our office. Damage will be documented to determine the potential for a value reduction as of 11/1/19, which is the Legal assessment date for the 2020 (current) Assessment Year. Please call our office (605-256-7605) with any questions, or to report structural damage.

Electronic Recycling Drop Off Event
Friday, September 20, 2019

Lake County's FREE Electronic Recycling Drop Off Event will be held on 10/19/19 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Madison Recycling Center. Click on the flyer for additional information.

FLOOD RESOURCE GUIDE
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

County and city official have put together a RESOURCE GUIDE for Flood Response Efforts and information for local residents. This guide will be updated as needed. RESOURCE GUIDE

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