Brookings County is offering tax breaks to folks who actually need it: flood victims!
Due to extensive flooding countywide, the Brookings County Director of Equalization office would like to encourage any property owner who has suffered property damage or loss due to flooding to contact our office immediately to request a physical review by one of our appraisal staff. Damage will be documented to determine the potential for a value reduction as of November 1, 2019, which is the legal assessment date for the 2020 (current) Assessment Year. Damage may include, but is not limited to: water in basements or crawlspaces, mold or mildew issues, damage to foundations, and interior or exterior finishes.
If there are any questions regarding this process, please give our office a call at (605)696-8220. Thank you for your time and cooperation [Jacob Brehmer, Brookings County Director of Equalization, press release, 2019.09.16].
Pay attention, all you farmers who have woken up to find your fields under new nonmeandering waters: maybe we can adopt that plan to reduce the tax levy on flooded farmland to zero.