March 26, 2019

Employment Opportunity: Truck Driver/Heavy Equipment Operator

Applications for full time employment are being accepted for a Truck Driver/Heavy Equipment Operator with the Fall River County Highway Department, in Hot Springs, South Dakota. This job requires that the applicant possess a Class “A” C.D.L.

Applications for this position may be obtained at the following locations: The SD Department of Labor, The Fall River County Court House or at the Fall River County Highway Department office.

Open until filled

See employment page for position description and application.

2019 Assessment Notices

2019 Property Assessment Notices will be mailed out to all property owners by March 1, 2019. All property owners should review the information on the notice for accuracy. Any changes we have made to your property, such as classification, legal descriptions, and values will be reflected. If you do not receive a notice, or if you find any errors on your notice, please contact our office.
**REMEMBER** You CAN NOT appeal your tax bill, but you may appeal your assessed values. For more details regarding the appeal process and appeal deadlines, go to our website at . Our job is to maintain fair and equitable assessments. Please contact our office at 745-5136 with any questions or concerns you may have.

Taxes: Who Pays Them and Where They Go

Below is a table of the taxable value by different class types from 2014 to 2019.  (Year given is the year taxes were due; this would be the year after the assessment of that property.) Years 2015 – 2017 show the effect of the residential reassessment throughout Fall River County.  2018 shows the result of the commercial reassessment.  Years 2015 through 2018 were also years that the State of South Dakota was increases the agricultural land values at rates of 10-25% a year.  There was no reassessment in Fall River County in 2019 so increases to classes in this year are due to growth (new buildings), area increases due to sales, or State Ag productivity increases (Ag land).


Below is a table showing taxes by different class types for the same range of years.  The percentage of taxes paid by each group is not the same as the percentage of taxable value for that group.  The reason for this is that different classes pay taxes at different mill levies.  For example the agricultural mill levy is lower than the non-agricultural mill levy so even if the Ag land value and the Commercial values were the same the commercial properties would still pay more in taxes.



Below are two charts showing the data from the above tables.  As taxable value increases on the first chart, taxes remain the same on the second.  This is due to the mill levy decreasing along with the assessment increases.








Mill levies have been decreasing every year since the reassessment began.  County, city, township, and other mill levies are budget driven and will decrease as assessment value increase so long as budgets remain the same. School mill levies are set by the State and are statewide. During the agricultural land increases in the years prior to 2019 the State was lowering those school mill levies. Below is a chart showing the mill levies for a sample of the taxing districts.


The first group of charts show who taxes are being collected from; this last chart shows where those taxes are going.  The ‘other’ category includes items such as: road districts, fire departments (rural), and library.



Courthouse Closed – Presidents Day

The Fall River County Courthouse will be closed Monday, February 18th, 2019 in observance of Presidents Day. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Tax Notice 2019

Landowners in Fall River County should be receiving their tax notices in the mail this week (Jan 14th).   Taxes are due in two payments.  The first half is due by April 30th, the second half by October 31st.

If you do not receive your tax notice please contact the Treasurer’s Office at 605-745-5145.

Taxes can also be viewed online using either the County’s WebTax program or the online map.