December 3, 2021

Director of Equalization


Assessor: Lanette Butler
E-Mail: [email protected]

Deputy Assessor: Sharon Guthmiller

Deputy Appraiser: Brooke Graves

Phone: 605-439-3663
Fax: 605-439-5330

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 50
Leola, SD 57456

Hours: Monday- Friday: 8 am- 5 pm

*** The Director of Equalization Office is located on the 1st floor of the McPherson Co. Courthouse ***


PSA: County Wide Assessment

The McPherson County Equalization office is doing a county wide assessment within McPherson County.  Those assessing will be Brooke Graves and Lanette Butler. A county wide assessment will evaluate all the property in the county, specifically we will be looking at the structures that are present. In 2021, we are doing the city of Leola. If time allows, we will expand that to other areas within the county.  A total county wide assessment will take 5 to 7 years.

The county wide assessment is being done to insure that property is fairly assessed within the whole county.  For example, if two ranch style homes were built about the same year and have similar layouts and finishes, they should have a similar assessment. However, if one was remodel to change the layout and flow of the home and the other wasn’t, then their values should be different. The same ranch style house can have different values if it is Leola vs. Eureka vs the country.

Now some may be concerned with letting us in their homes.  We are not trying to spy on you or policing you.  We simply are gathering information on the layout, flooring and types of counters.  We are also interested in the bathrooms because the number of toilets, tubs/showers and sinks impact the value of the specific bathroom.

A typical assessment will vary in length due to the number of structures that need to be measured and the amount of information that needs to be collected on each structure, a house versus a garden shed.

If anyone has questions, please call the McPherson County Equalization office at 605-439-3663. Our office is more than willing to answer your questions. You can also call this number to schedule your appointment.

The function of the Equalization Office is to annually value all real property in McPherson County. By law, the assessed value must be its full and true or market value, except for agricultural land, which is valued on its productivity value. This value is then used for taxation purposes but the equalization office is concerned with fair and equal market value, not taxes. County Directors of Equalization are appointed to their office by the Board of County Commissioners.
The Director of Equalization must be certified by the State of South Dakota Department of Revenue and Regulation in order to assess real property for taxation 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 the South Dakota Association of Assessing Officers Conferences.

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