Director of Equalization

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

The Director of Equalization and his staff are responsible for discovering, listing and valuing all real property within the county.  They are also responsible for linking real properties to their respective owners and placing assessed values and owner's names on assessment roles.

Types of properties included in the assessment process are: residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural classes of property.  The office is responsible for determining the taxable value of over 6,800 parcels.

The Director of Equalization has a number of additional responsibilities which include providing equalization between classes of property; deciding on adjustments to property values; 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; and deciding on tax exemptions and tracking each exemption.  


The Director of Equalization and his staff must be certified by the South Dakota Department of Revenue to assess real property for tax purposes.  After initial certification, appraisers must be re-certified every five years.  The requirements for re-certification include: attending and passing the annual Department of Revenue sponsored school, attending workshops and attending the South Dakota Association of Assessing Officers Conferences.

Local Board of Equalization: Written appeal must be filed with the clerk of the local board on or before the Thursday preceding the third Monday in March.

County Board of Equalization: Written appeal must be filed with the County Auditor on or before the 1st Tuesday in April.

Appeals are for the current assessment year, taxes payable the following year.  

- Appeal Deadlines -

- Equalization's Forms and Links -

Contact Information

Director of Equalization

Chris Schafer, CAA


Deputy Director

Gayleen Rothenberger, CAA


Office Administrator

Nanci Dragt

PO Box 128

Hayti SD 57241

Phone: (605) 783-3331

Fax: (605) 783-2204



3rd Floor of Courthouse

Southwest Corner

300 4th Street

Hayti, SD 57241

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 12:00pm

1:00pm - 5:00pm

Closed on Holidays

County Offices

Courthouse Hours

8:00am - 5:00pm Central Time

Monday - Friday


Closed Weekends and All Approved Government Holiday

Offices may have different set of operation hours.

Courthouse Information

Please contact the corresponded offices for questions.

300 4th Street

Hayti, South Dakota 57241

Phone: (605) 783-3201 (Auditor)

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