Assessor R. Chris Ditton

Chris Ditton: Candidate for Avon Township Assessor      
Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday 8:30 - 4 pm
Friday 8:30 - 2 pm
Closed on Weekends
847-546-2146

Chris Ditton – Avon Township Assessor
427 E. Washington St.
Round Lake Park, IL 60073
Phone: 847-546-2146 | Email:  [email protected]

As the Avon Township Assessor, I am responsible for placing a value on all property-assessing- for tax purposes in Avon Township. I do not tax your property, the taxing bodies tax your property by levying against the assessment.  The law requires that the assessment must be uniform according to value, so that each property owner is paying their fair share of the over-all tax burden, no more or no less. Avon Township consists of Grayslake, Hainesville, Third Lake, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Heights, and Round Lake Park.  My office is responsible for assessing over 25,000 parcels of real property, including residential, farm, and commercial property.  In addition to property assessments, we handle other issues relating to real property in Avon Township, such as processing exemptions for your general, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities.

You will be receiving your BLUE LETTER which is your new 2019 assessment for 2020 valuation in late September, 2019

It’s important for you the taxpayers to read, understand, and check this notice for accuracy as it contains important information about your property.  An assessment notice is not your tax bill. It is a value placed on your property by your township assessor to estimate the market value of your home as of January 1, 2019.  You receive your BLUE LETTER, first thing you want to do is appeal your taxes!  You can appeal your assessment if you believe your property is not valued at the fair market.

How do you evaluate your new assessment to determine if it is fair, accurate, and/or uniform? First check your property characteristics at the County website: Lake County Property Search Here you can see if your characteristics are correct, check to see if you have your exemptions, and much more.

Don’t forget, my staff and I at Avon Township Assessor’s Office are here to help you. Property owners can visit Avon Township Assessor’s Office.

If you have any questions concerning your property’s assessed value, please contact me, or my deputy assessors; Cindy Brust or Jamie Sharkey @ 847-546-2146, or stop in the office 427 E Washington St, Round Lake Park during our office hours; Monday – Thursday 8:30am- 4pm and Friday 8:30am – 2pm, or email me [email protected] No appointment is necessary.

New for 2019 – Appeals Must Be Filed Electronically

A misconception is that a property owner would need to have an attorney to file an assessment appeal. Property owners MUST appeal their assessment ONLY through the New SmartFile E-Filing Portal Appeals CAN NOT be filed by mail or in person. The Board of Review has tools that can be used for searching for comparable property information and completing forms on the office website, through the New SmartFile E-Filing Portal Corporations and LLC’s (Limited Liability Corporations) WILL need to utilize an attorney in the assessment appeal for their properties. Appeals can be done in a few minutes by using the New SmartFile E-Filing Portal

Prior to filing a formal appeal, property owners should first check your property characteristics at the website here: Lake County Property Search and contact Avon Township Assessor’s Office to discuss their concerns.

Note that there is a 30-day deadline from the date of publication to file an assessment appeal. Filing deadline for Avon Township is October 26, 2019

Watch this video to learn how to file an appeal online.

Tax Assessment Help Center Sessions To help taxpayers evaluate their property assessment notice, the Chief County Assessment Office is hosting a Help Center on specified days:

Help Center Schedule Location: University Center of Lake County, Room 211, 1200 University Center Drive, Grayslake Wednesday Dates: 4 – 7 p.m., Oct. 2 and Oct. 9 Saturday Dates: 9 a.m. – noon, Sept. 28, Oct. 5 and Oct. 12

Here, property owners can talk one-on-one with taxpayer advocates for Lake County to understand the information on their assessment, see how to use the County’s new web applications and learn about homestead exemptions, which can potentially provide tax relief. 

Do you have your exemptions?? The New SmartFile E-Filing Portal provides an easy way for property owners to apply for homestead exemptions.  Homestead exemptions can provide tax relief to eligible homeowners, as it exempts taxable value prior to the calculation of property taxes. In Illinois, exemptions are available for general homestead, seniors, disabled persons, disabled veterans, returning veterans (within the last two years) and home improvements.  Learn about the homestead exemptions available

GENERAL HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION 35 ILCS 200/15-175 Benefit: This exemption lowers the equalized assessed value of the property by $6,000 Qualifications: Property must be the principal residence of the owner, with valid ID.  Can may only receive a general on one property. To Apply: Applications can be filed electronically through the NEW Smartfile E-Filing Portal or in person at Avon Assessor’s Office: 427 E Washington St, Round Lake Park, IL 60073.

HOMESTEAD IMPROVEMENT EXEMPTION This exemption defers for four years any increase in the assessment of your property due to an addition or other improvement to your home for which the Township Assessor would add value.

  • A Maximum of $25,000 or assessed value may be deferred under this program.
  • Avon Assessor’s office initiates the exemption

SENIORS There are multiple ways that a senior can save money on their property taxes:

SENIOR HOMESTEAD EXEMPTIONS  35 ILCS 200/15-170 Benefit: This exemption lowers the equalized assessed value of the property by $5,000.  This exemption may be claimed in addition to the General Homestead Exemption. Qualifications: Applicants must:

  • Be 65 years of age or older (First person who turns 65 at any time of the year)
  • Own and live in the property as their principal residence

To Apply: Applications can be filed electronically through the NEW Smartfile E-Filing Portal or in person at Avon Assessor’s Office 427 E Washington St, Round Lake Park, IL 60073.

There is no annual renewal for this exemption. Applicants will need to provide proof of age (ex. driver’s license, state ID), and proof of ownership (copy of the deed which the assessor has).

Application: Senior Homestead Exemption Application (PDF)

Applications can be filed electronically through the NEW Smartfile E-Filing Portal  You will need to upload your driver’s license, state ID)

SENIOR CITIZEN’S ASSESSMENT FREEZE  35 ILCS 200/15-172

Benefit: The Senior Freeze provides seniors with limited income protection against real estate tax increases due to rising property values.  It is not a tax freeze or a tax reduction and does not protect against increased taxes due to tax rate increases. Because this exemption provides for a base year frozen assessment, it will potentially provide increased savings each year a senior is eligible.  The base assessment used in the Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption initially equals the assessed value from the prior year tax calculation.  In subsequent years, if the new assessed value is lower than their original base value, the new lower value becomes the new base amount.

Qualifications: To qualify, applicants must: Be 65 years of age or older

  • Own the property as their principal residence for the past two January 1
  • Have a total household income of $65,000 or less

To Apply: Applications can be filed electronically through the NEW Smartfile E-Filing Portal or in person at Avon Assessor’s Office 427 E Washington St, Round Lake Park, IL 60073. Applications: Can be downloaded and brought to the Township to be filled out

Senior Citizen’s Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption Application 2019 (PDF)

This exemption must be renewed on an annual basis.  Applications are mailed to all taxpayers that are receiving the Senior Homestead Exemption each year in the spring, usually in the beginning of March.

VETERANS WITH DISABILITY  35 ILCS 200/15-169

Benefits:  The Veterans with Disability Exemption provides an annual reduction in the equalized assessed value (EAV) of a primary residence occupied by a veteran with a disability, or the veteran’s surviving spouse, on January 1 of the assessment year or on a prorated basis during the time of occupancy for the assessment year. The SHEVD amount depends on the percentage of the service-connected disability as certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

a veteran has a service-connected disability of 30% or more but less than 50%, then the annual exemption is $2,500;

veteran has a service-connected disability of 50% or more but less than 70%, then the annual exemption is $5,000;

a veteran has a service-connected disability of 70% or more, then the residential property is exempt from taxation under this Code.

Qualifications: To qualify, applicants must:

  • Illinois Driver’s license
  • own and occupy the property as the primary residence during all or a portion of the assessment year or lease and occupy a single-family residence during all or a portion of the assessment year and be liable for the payment of the property taxes to the county
  • Copy of your Veteran’s E-benefit account can get this at VA E-Benefit Letters
  • Form DD 214 or separation of service from the War Department (military service prior to 1950)

To Apply: Applications can be filed electronically through the NEW Smartfile E-Filing Portal or in person at Avon Assessor’s Office 427 E Washington St, Round Lake Park, IL 60073.

Applications: Can be downloaded and brought to the Township to be filled out

RETURNING VETERANS HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION  35 ILCS 200/15-167

Benefits: This provides a $5,000 reduction in the equalized assessed value (EAV) of the veteran’s principal residence for two consecutive assessment (tax) years, the tax year and the following year that the veteran returns from active duty in an armed conflict involving the armed forces of the United States. The veteran must own and occupy the property as his or her principal residence on January 1 of each assessment year.

Returning Veterans Homestead Exemption Application (PDF)

EXEMPTIONS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES  35 ILCS 200/15-168

Benefits:  This benefit provides an annual $2,000 reduction in the equalized assessed value (EAV) of the property owned and occupied as the primary residence on January 1 of the assessment year by a person with a disability who is liable for the payment of property taxes.

Qualifications: To qualify, applicants must: 

  • Proof of Social Security Administration disability benefits which includes an award letter, verification letter or annual Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) letter (only COLA Form SSA-4926-SM-DI).
  • A Class 2 Illinois Person with a Disability Identification Card from the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office or Class 2 or Class 2A qualifies for this exemption.  Class 1 or 1A does not qualify.

To get an ID, you must download this application and form must be completed by a physician.  Bring filled out form to the DMV for a Illinois Disabled Person Identification Card (PDF)

To Apply: Applications can be filed electronically through the NEW Smartfile E-Filing Portal or in person at Avon Assessor’s Office 427 E Washington St, Round Lake Park, IL 60073.

Applications: Can be downloaded and brought to the Township to be filled out. This must be done Annually