Linda Lafrentz & Thomas Oliva - Treasurer
104 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
phone: (605) 773-7491
fax: (605) 773-7479
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When people think of county revenues they often think of property taxes, which account for the majority of revenue in county budgets. The treasurer, as the tax collector is responsible for collecting all property taxes for the county, cities, school districts, and any other political district authorized to levy real estate taxes. Property taxes, or "ad valorem" taxes, are based on the value of the property. Now how is that value determined? The assessed value is based on the market value, or what the value of the property is actually worth. This is determined by comparing the property to be assessed, with the selling price of similar property recently sold. So lets say our property is worth $10,000, how do we know what our taxes will be?
Property taxes are based on a millage rate, which are expressed in mills. This is a unit equal to $.001 of a dollar. In South Dakota, the maximum county tax levy is 12 mills, or $12 per thousand dollars of assessed value. So at that rate, our $10,000 piece of property would cost us $120 in taxes. But, South Dakota also allows additional levies for roads, snow removal, and buildings, as well as other taxing entities.
In South Dakota, the county treasurer is responsible for issuing motor vehicle titles, licenses, registrations, and recording liens on about one million vehicles a year. Although the Division of Motor Vehicles is the central state office for maintaining accurate motor vehicle records, it is the county treasurer who enters the vehicle information into the central database. This vehicle registration information is not only important to counties, but also other state agencies as well as your local police and sheriff's offices. Vehicle licensing is an important responsibility and necessary for local governments. The money generated from licensing (about $27 million) helps maintain your local roads and bridges.
The county treasurer's primary duty is to manage all county funds. Because the treasurer receives money from other county offices, they are responsible for investing that money to help generate more money. Common investments include CD's at the local bank or working with a professional cash management service.