March 4, 2021

Assessment Notices Mailed

Fall River County assessment notices were mailed on Friday, February 26th.  Residents of Fall River County should expect to see their assessment notice arrive this week.  If you do not receive your notice please contact the Director of Equalization’s office at 605-745-5136 or [email protected] .

Things to check on your assessment notice:

  • Value – the value should indicate what your property would sell for on the open market.  If you feel this number does not represent your properties value you have a short window of time to appeal this value. Check out the Appeal Deadline page and contact the Director of Equalization’s office at the contact information above.
  • Class – There are three properties classes in South Dakota: OO – owner occupied (this is for your primary residence), AG – agricultural properties, NA – non-agricultural properties (this includes everything else including commercial).  The class code shows up between the school district and acre/lot information.
  • Name, Legal, Acreage – Particularly if there have been changes such as sales or new plats on your property this year it is a good idea to check the basic information on the assessment notice to insure that no typos have been made along with the changes.

If any of the above information needs correction or if you have questions please contact the Director of Equalization’s office at 605-745-5136 or [email protected]

Remember that it is not possible to appeal your taxes, only your assessment value can be appealed.  When the tax bill is published next January for these values it will be too late to make corrections to values.

New Mill Levies Published

The mill levies for the 2020 taxes (payable in 2021) have been published.  For the eighth year in a row most tax districts have seen a reduction in the mill levy.  However, the reduction was smaller than it has been in recent years.

Tax District 39 (City of Edgemont) saw a 1% increase in their owner occupied mill levy and a 0.5% increase in non-owner occupied (which includes commercial). The increase was caused by an increase in the city’s portion of the mill levy.  Tax District 6 (City of Hot Springs) had 0% change to the owner occupied mill levy and a 0.3% decrease to the non-owner occupied.  This was an increase in the school mill and a decrease in the city, county and ambulance mills that canceled each other out.

For information on other tax districts please see the full list of mill levies below.

Full List of Mill Levies by Tax District

Employment Opportunity – Truck Drive/Heavy Equipment Operator

The Fall River County Highway Department is accepting applications for a full time Truck Driver/Heavy Equipment Operator. This job requires that the applicant possess a Class “A” C.D.L. Full benefits including: vacation and sick leave, SD retirement; paid health, vision and dental insurance. For more information call us at 605-745-5137. Application available on the county employment page or at one of the following locations: the SD Department of Labor, the Fall River County Courthouse, the Fall River County Highway Department Office. Open until filled.


Full Job Description

Courthouse Closed – Veterans’ Day

The Fall River County Courthouse will be closed Wednesday, November 11th, in observance of Veteran’s Day. Regular hours will resume Thursday, November 12th.

Hot Springs Schools will broadcast its Veterans Day Program on November 11 on its LiveTicket network. Due to COVID restrictions they will not be able to have the public and parents in the gym during the performance.  Approximately 260 students and staff will be presenting again this year in the district’s Case Auditorium. The performance will be recorded and available for viewing for an extended period of time.


Employment Opportunity: Sheriff’s Deputy

The Fall River County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for a county deputy. Candidates must be able to think and act quickly under pressure; remain calm in stressful situations; demonstrate ethical behavior; pass a background and drug test; be physically able to perform job functions.

Starting wage is $15.50-17.50/hour (uncertified), $17.50-19.50/hour (SD state certified). Training and certification provided and required for continued employment.  Shifts may vary and may include weekend, overnight and holiday hours.  Benefits include paid health & dental insurance; vacation, holiday, and sick leave; and South Dakota Retirement. Submit Law Enforcement Applications to the Sheriff’s Office, 906 N. River St., Hot Springs, SD. Position open until filled.


See employment page for application

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