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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

Advertisement for Bids
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Lake County is requesting bids for the construction of the following Project: Box Culvert Project 40-190-192. Click here for the full advertisement.

Real Estate & Mobile Home Taxes - Second Half
Thursday, October 1, 2020

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
Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Treasurer's Office also offers a drop box for property tax payments 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.

Application for Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption Due on 11/1/2020
Thursday, October 1, 2020

Application must be made and submitted to the Director of Equalization on or before November 1.

Driver Licensing Schedule Change
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The Lake County 4-H Center will be used as a polling place for the general election. For that reason, Driver Licensing will NOT be in Madison on Tuesday, November 3rd, but they WILL be in Madison on Monday, November 2nd at the Lake County 4-H Center.

Resolution 2020-16 Designating Polling Places for General Election
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

On 9/17/2020, the Lake County Commission passed Resolution 2020-16 Designating Polling Places for the November 3, 2020 General Election. Click here to view the Resolution or view it on our Election Information page.

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