Assessor R. Chris Ditton

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

Chris Ditton – Avon Township Assessor
427 E. Washington St.
Round Lake Park, IL 60073
Phone: 847-546-2146 | Email:  cditton@avonassessor.org

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-taxation-the taxing bodies tax your property by levying against the assessment. The law requires that the be 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 property tax freezes for seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities.

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 during office hours; Monday – Thursday 8:30am- 4pm and Friday 8:30am – 2pm, or email @ cditton@avonassessor.org  

There are different types of exemptions that either reduce or defer the equalized value of your property. The net effect of these exemptions is to lower the assessed valuation, to which the tax rate is then applied. The qualifications and application procedures vary for each program. However, you must own the property and it must be your primary residence to qualify for any of these exemptions.

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. Can 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 $25,000.00 of assessed value may be deferred under this program.
  • The Township Assessor’s office initiates this 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)

Senior Citizen’s Assessment Freeze Homestead Exemption Application 2018 (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.

2019 Senior Freeze Outreach Sessions: Places to go and someone will be able you help you fill out the for

SENIOR CITIZEN TAX DEFERRAL PROGRAM

About the Program

The Senior Citizens Tax Deferral is a program that allows qualified senior citizens to defer part or all of the property taxes on their personal residence.
                Application for Senior Tax Deferral & Recovery Agreement(PDF)

General Information

  • This is a state loan with a 6% simple interest rate.
  • Repayment upon death or sale of home.
  • A lien will be placed on your property.
  • The program may be utilized for multiple years, if you meet the qualifications.
  • Must file a new application each new tax year.
  • You may apply for other senior tax programs even though you are on the deferral program.
  • Those that have a current mortgage, 2nd mortgage or reverse mortgage must check with their lending institution to see if you qualify.
  • Your completed application must be notarized and returned by March 1.

Mail to:
Lake County Treasurer 
18 N County Street, Room 102
Waukegan, IL 60085 

Qualifications: To qualify, applicants must: 

  • Applicant must be 65 years old as of June 1st of the tax year claimed.
  • Total household income $55,000 or less.
  • Maximum shall not exceed $5,000 per taxpayer per year.
  • Proof of house insurance
  • Property cannot be income producing, such as rental income.
  • Applicant must own and occupy residence.
  • Property taxes must be current at the time of application.
  • The cumulative amount of the deferral plus interest cannot exceed the market value less the value of any liens.
  • Taxes may be paid at any time without affecting the deferral status.

For More Information

Please contact the Lake County Treasurer’s Office at 847-377-2323 for a Tax Deferral Application or if you have any questions.

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
    https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/about/feature?feature=va-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  Illinois Disabled Person Identification Card (PDF)
  • If you are unable to provide any of the items listed above as proof of your disability, each year you must submit Form PTAX 343-A, Physician’s Statement for the Homestead Exemption for Persons with Disabilities (PDF)  Application must be completed by a physician.

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