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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 her 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 her 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

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)

Notices

Dedication of Scott Pedersen Memorial Park
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Please join us out at Scott Pedersen Memorial Park (Lake Madison) on 7/6/17 at 6:00 p.m. for a dedication ceremony.

Dignity License Plates Available July 1
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Qualifying South Dakotans may apply for Dignity plates at the Treasurer's Office beginning on July 1st. Cost is $10 plus a $5 mailing fee. View this Press Release for additional information.

County Offices Closed
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

County offices will be closed on July 3rd and July 4th in observance of Independence Day.

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