March 18, 2018

Courthouse Closed – Winter Storm

The Fall River County Courthouse will be closed today (Friday, March 16th) due to the current winter storm. If you must be on the road drive carefully and make sure to have your emergency kit in your vehicle!

Employment Opportunity: Mosquito Surveillance Tech

Mosquito Surveillance Tech: The Fall River County Weed and Pest Office is accepting applications for a part-time/seasonal Mosquito Surveillance Technician.  This is a part time job with variable days and hours subject to contracted work and weather conditions.  Will work April through October. Wage: $10.00/hr. Must be 18 years or older, can lift 25+lbs and physically fit to bend, squat, lift and extensive walking.   Experience with microscope lab identification and detailed book keeping.  Call 605-745-5047 for more information.  Position open till filled.


See employment page for application.

Understanding Assessments and Taxes

The attached document is from the IAAO (International Association of Assessing Officers).  This information sheet answers questions such as:

  • How is Your Property Value Estimated?
  • What Causes Property Values to Change?
  • What are the Grounds for an Appeal?
  • What is the Role of Taxing Authorities?

There is also general information of what to expect during an appeal process.

See document here.

Owner Occupancy – Deadline Approaching

There are only a few days remaining in which to file for owner occupancy on your home for 2018 (taxes paid in 2019).  Owner occupancy is a tax break that applies to your primary dwelling (you must both own and live in the home to qualify). To qualify for owner occupancy you must have been living in the home as of November 1st, 2017.

How do I know if I have Owner Occupancy or not? 

On the assessment notice that you just received in the mail you should see the words “OWNER OCCUPIED” just below the land and residence values as show in the picture below.

 If you do not see these words you have until March 15th to file an Owner occupied form with the Director of Equalization’s Office, 605-745-5136, .   Here is a link to the form which you may print and return. Forms are also available at the DOE office at 1029 N River St, open Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.

Employment Opportunity – Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant (Part-time): The Fall River County Director of Equalization’s Office is accepting applications for a part time Administrative Assistant.  Duties include assisting the public on the phone and in person, data entry, correspondence and mailings, filing, and other duties as assigned.  Starting wages are $10-$12/hour depending on experience. Benefits include contributions to SD Retirement.

Qualifications:  Working knowledge of Microsoft computer applications including Word and Excel, good organizational skills, effective written and verbal communication skills, good math skills, attention to detail, ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, other agencies and the public, ability to read maps and legal descriptions, ability to work independently, positive attitude and desire to learn.  Education: High school diploma or GED certificate.  Experience: One year of experience in office clerical or customer service work or a related field.  Experience with real estate legal descriptions a plus. Submit applications to the Fall River County DOE office, 1029 N River St. Open until filled.

See employment page for application and other job opportunities.