Avon Township is home to the Villages of Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Park, Round Lake Heights Grayslake, Hainesville & Third Lake. We have over 65,000 residents according to the 2010 census.
Every four years, the registered voters of Avon Township elect a Township Supervisor, Township Highway Commissioner, Township Clerk, Township Assessor and four Trustees to carry out the township’s business. We invite you to visit the “Official” Tab to learn about the officials serving in this term (2013 – 2017).
The Supervisor is the CEO for the township and is the Chairperson of the Board. The township supervisor also oversees the General and Emergency Assistance Programs required by law. The Highway Commissioner is responsible for the upkeep, maintenance and snow removal of our unincorporated roads. How do you know if you live on an unincorporated road? All unincorporated addresses use “5″ digits. The Township Clerk is the official keeper of the records, our Freedom of Information Act Officer, and liaison with the Lake County Clerk. The Township Assessor is responsible for assessing the value of your property. Those value are used by all taxing bodies to determine your property tax rates. The Assessor is not a Tax Collector nor does that position determine your taxes. The Board of Trustees are the township’s auditor and check and balance for township operations.
What is a Township? – Township government was established in Providence, Rhode Island in 1636, and is the oldest existing unit of government continuing to serve on the North American continent. Township government was in existence for 140 years prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The wording of the Declaration of Independence reflects the fact that 38 of its 56 signers had experienced the benefits of township government.
The Declaration’s statement that “government should derive its just powers from the consent of the governed” is demonstrated at the Annual Town Meeting held on the second Tuesday of each April. The Annual Town Meeting is still an important function of our nation’s 17,000 townships after more than 360 years. The Illinois Constitution of 1848 gave voters in each county the opportunity to adopt Township Government. By 1850, the first township governments began operation. Today, 85 of Illinois 102 counties operate under the township form of government and the 1,431 townships serve more than 8 million citizens.
By law, Illinois townships are charged with three basic functions: 1) general assistance for the indigent; 2) the assessment of real property for the basis of local taxation; and 3) maintenance of all roads and bridges outside federal, state, and other local jurisdiction.
Your Avon Township officials are committed to making Avon Township relevant, attentive to needs of our community and true fiscal stewards of the tax dollars we receive.