Minnehaha County, South Dakota
The Minnehaha County Director of Equalization is appointed by the Minnehaha County Board of Commissioners.
The function of the Director of Equalization Office is to annually value all real property in Minnehaha County at its full and true value. The Director of Equalization and the staff are responsible for discovering, listing and valuing all real property within Minnehaha 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 office is responsible for determining the taxable value of over 73,500 parcels. The tax base in Minnehaha County is approximately 18.3 billion dollars.
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 the 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.
The Assessor does not: Calculate the taxes, collect the taxes, choose the tax rate, or set policy for the Board of Review. The Assessor is concerned with value, not taxes. The taxes you pay are proportionate to the value of your property compared to the total value of the taxing district in which your property is located.
Director of Equalization
Minnehaha County Director of Equalization
Hours of Operation:
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
Former Extension Building