Yankton County Equalization Department

The Equalization's Office is located on the second floor of the Yankton County Government Center Building in the NE Corner.

Hours of Operation:

Monday through Friday (including the noon hour)
9:00am to 5:00 pm


(605) 260-4400 Opt. 3


321 W 3rd St. Suite 203
Yankton, SD 57078

The Yankton County Director of Equalization is appointed by the Yankton Board of Commissioners.

The function of the Director of Equalization Office is to annually value all real property in Yankton County at its full and true value.

The Director of Equalization and his/her staff are responsible for:

  • Discovering, listing and valuing all real property within Yankton County
  • Responsible for linking real properties to their respective owners and placing assessed
    values and owners' names on the assessment roll. Types of properties included in the assessment process are: residential, commercial and agricultural classes of property.
  • Responsible for determining the taxable value of over 14,800 parcels. The tax base in Yankton County is approximately 2 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
  • Deciding on tax exemptions and tracking each exemption

The Director of Equalization and his/her 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, USPAP, attending workshops, and attending the South Dakota Association of Assessing Officers Conferences.


Michelle Goeken

Acting Director of Equalization Send an Email


Administrative Assistant








  • Is my property information available online?

    Yes. To access Beacon, click here

  • If I split a property, when will I be assessed and when will I pay taxes on the two pieces separately?

    If you split a property, for example parcel A, before November 1, 2022, into parcel B and C, your assessment value would be only for parcel A and would be payable in 2023. Your 2023 assessment would be split between parcel B and C for taxes payable in 2024.

  • If my new home is not complete by November 1, 2022 when will it be assessed?

    If your home is 60% complete on November 1, 2022, you will be assessed at 60% of its completed value for your 2023 assessment payable in 2024. If the home is then completed by November 1, 2023 you will be assessed at full and true market value for the 2024 assessment for taxes payable in 2025.

  • If I build a house that is completed on or before November 1, 2022, when do I pay taxes?

    If your home is complete before November 1, 2022, we will be out to view the home in 2022. The value we arrive at will be on your 2023 assessment notice which you will receive around March 1, 2023. Then in 2024, you will receive a tax notice from the Treasurer for your 2023 assessment.


Yankton County Treasurer
Friday, September 1, 2023

Reminder: Yankton County residents that have last name starting with S, have until September 30, 2023 to renew vehicle registration.

Yankton County Contact Center
Thursday, June 29, 2023

The Yankton Contact Center's food pantry is currently undergoing significant improvements in operations. As usual, we will be open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm; however, starting July 17th 2023, the food pantry doors will only be open on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. During those three days only, we will be offering clients a new way to get food and other essentials from the pantry.

Yankton County Emergency Management
Thursday, April 27, 2023

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Yankton County Highway Department
Friday, April 14, 2023

The Yankton County Highway Department will begin their summer hours on Monday, April 17, 2023 and will run until further notice.

Summer hours are Monday through Thursday 6:30am-5:00pm.

Main Phone:
(605) 260-4400

321 West 3rd Street, Suite 100 Yankton, SD 57078

Office Hours:
9:00am - 5:00pm CST, Monday-Friday
Closed on Holidays, Saturdays, & Sundays

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