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]

COVID-19 Updated information for June 1, 2020
The Assessor’s Office will be open for in-person assistance ONLY for help/questions/filings for Senior, Disabled, and Veterans Exemptions.  This is by Appointment ONLY!

Appointments will be Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Please call (847) 546-2146 to schedule your appointment.  We will NOT accept walk-ins.  A Mask Must be worn and you should be fever-free.

Any question other than exemptions you must call our office and we will assist you over the phone at this time. 

COVID-19 Información actualizada para el 1 de junio de 2020

La Oficina del Asesor estará abierta para asistencia en persona SOLAMENTE para ayuda / preguntas /presentaciones para excpsione de veteranos, discapacitados y veteranos. ¡Esto es solo con cita previa!

Las citas serán de lunes a jueves de 9:00 a.m. a 3:00 p.m.

Llame al (847) 546-2146 para programar su cita. NO aceptaremos visitas sin cita previa. Se debe usar una máscara y no debe tener fiebre.

Cualquier pregunta que no sean exenciones debe llamar a nuestra oficina y le ayudaremos por teléfono en este momento.

If you have any questions concerning your property’s assessed value, please call (847) 546-2146 or email [email protected] or email Chris Ditton  [email protected]

Our Office Hours:  Monday – Thursday 8:30am- 4pm and Friday 8:30am – 2pm,


Please keep in mind you can file for these exemptions yourself on-line @ https://lakecountyilpaefile.tylertech.com/lake_il_sf


Lake County Property Tax bills were mailed May 6th.

Your tax bill is for 2019 property assessments are payable in 2020 which is based on three previous years of qualified sales.  The time to appeal your assessment has already passed. By law, only factual errors can be corrected once the bills go out, changes cannot be made for market valuation issues.

The bill is payable in four equal installments THIS YEAR ONLY

  • June 8, 2020 50% of 1st installment
  • August 7, 2020 50% of 1st installment
  • September 8, 2020 50% of 2nd installment
  • November 9, 2020 50% of 2nd installment

Payments can be made by mail to Lake County Treasurer’s Office 18 N. County St., Waukegan, 60085 or online by credit card or e-check. Additionally, many local banks accept tax payments.


Property owners who DO NOT received a bill can all the Treasurer’s Office at 847-377-2323 or go on-line http://www.tax.lakecountyil.gov/search/commonsearch.aspx?mode=realprop

Payment Options

• By Mail: How to submit payment by mail
• Drop Box Location: drop box is available 24 hours a day
• By Phone: Using a credit card (additional fee is charged)
• Automatic Withdrawal: Pay property tax by automatic withdrawal from a financial institution


• Current Payment Status: Get your payment status information for the current year and past years
• Online Payments: Make your property tax payments online by credit card or e-check (additional fee is charged)
• Your Local Bank:


Grayslake
First Midwest Bank
530 E. Washington
Grayslake, IL 60030
(847) 543-0170 Mon-Fri 9:30-4:00
Sat 9:00-12:00


State Bank of the Lakes
50 Commerce Dr.
Grayslake, IL 60030
(847) 548-2700 Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00
Sat 9:00-1:00
Round Lake


First American Bank
1865 S. Cedar Lake Rd.
Round Lake, IL 60073
(847) 586-2600 Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00
Sat 9:00-12:00


Round Lake Beach
First Midwest Bank
1777 N. Cedar Lake Rd.
Round Lake Beach, IL 60073
(847) 775-8206 Mon-Fri 9:30-4:00
Sat 9:00-12:00


State Bank of the Lakes
10 E. Rollins Rd
Round Lake Beach, IL 60073(847) 546-1600 Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00
(847) 546-1600 Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00Sat 9:00-1:00
Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00Sat 9:00-1:00


Round Lake Heights
BMO Harris Bank
935 W. Rollins Rd.
Round Lake Heights, IL 60073
(847) 740-2265 Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00
Sat 9:00-12:00


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 ILSC 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.

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

  • 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)
  • 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

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

COVID-19 Updated information for June 1, 2020
The Assessor’s Office will be open for in-person assistance ONLY for help/questions/filings for Senior, Disabled, and Veterans Exemptions.  This is by Appointment ONLY!

Appointments will be Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Please call (847) 546-2146 to schedule your appointment.  We will NOT accept walk-ins.  A Mask Must be worn and you should be fever-free.

Any question other than exemptions you must call our office and we will assist you over the phone at this time. 

COVID-19 Información actualizada para el 1 de junio de 2020

La Oficina del Asesor estará abierta para asistencia en persona SOLAMENTE para ayuda / preguntas /presentaciones para excpsione de veteranos, discapacitados y veteranos. ¡Esto es solo con cita previa!

Las citas serán de lunes a jueves de 9:00 a.m. a 3:00 p.m.

Llame al (847) 546-2146 para programar su cita. NO aceptaremos visitas sin cita previa. Se debe usar una máscara y no debe tener fiebre.

Cualquier pregunta que no sean exenciones debe llamar a nuestra oficina y le ayudaremos por teléfono en este momento.

If you have any questions concerning your property’s assessed value, please call (847) 546-2146 or email [email protected] or email Chris Ditton  [email protected]

Our Office Hours:  Monday – Thursday 8:30am- 4pm and Friday 8:30am – 2pm,


Please keep in mind you can file for these exemptions yourself on-line @ https://lakecountyilpaefile.tylertech.com/lake_il_sf


Lake County Property Tax bills were mailed May 6th.

Your tax bill is for 2019 property assessments are payable in 2020 which is based on three previous years of qualified sales.  The time to appeal your assessment has already passed. By law, only factual errors can be corrected once the bills go out, changes cannot be made for market valuation issues.

The bill is payable in four equal installments THIS YEAR ONLY

  • June 8, 2020 50% of 1st installment
  • August 7, 2020 50% of 1st installment
  • September 8, 2020 50% of 2nd installment
  • November 9, 2020 50% of 2nd installment

Payments can be made by mail to Lake County Treasurer’s Office 18 N. County St., Waukegan, 60085 or online by credit card or e-check. Additionally, many local banks accept tax payments.


Property owners who DO NOT received a bill can all the Treasurer’s Office at 847-377-2323 or go on-line http://www.tax.lakecountyil.gov/search/commonsearch.aspx?mode=realprop

Payment Options

• By Mail: How to submit payment by mail
• Drop Box Location: drop box is available 24 hours a day
• By Phone: Using a credit card (additional fee is charged)
• Automatic Withdrawal: Pay property tax by automatic withdrawal from a financial institution


• Current Payment Status: Get your payment status information for the current year and past years
• Online Payments: Make your property tax payments online by credit card or e-check (additional fee is charged)
• Your Local Bank:


Grayslake
First Midwest Bank
530 E. Washington
Grayslake, IL 60030
(847) 543-0170 Mon-Fri 9:30-4:00
Sat 9:00-12:00


State Bank of the Lakes
50 Commerce Dr.
Grayslake, IL 60030
(847) 548-2700 Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00
Sat 9:00-1:00
Round Lake


First American Bank
1865 S. Cedar Lake Rd.
Round Lake, IL 60073
(847) 586-2600 Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00
Sat 9:00-12:00


Round Lake Beach
First Midwest Bank
1777 N. Cedar Lake Rd.
Round Lake Beach, IL 60073
(847) 775-8206 Mon-Fri 9:30-4:00
Sat 9:00-12:00


State Bank of the Lakes
10 E. Rollins Rd
Round Lake Beach, IL 60073

(847) 546-1600 Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00
Sat 9:00-1:00


Round Lake Heights
BMO Harris Bank
935 W. Rollins Rd.
Round Lake Heights, IL 60073
(847) 740-2265 Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00
Sat 9:00-12:00


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 ILSC 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.

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

  • 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)
  • 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

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

COVID-19 Updated information for June 1, 2020
The Assessor’s Office will be open for in-person assistance ONLY for help/questions/filings for Senior, Disabled, and Veterans Exemptions.  This is by Appointment ONLY!

Appointments will be Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Please call (847) 546-2146 to schedule your appointment.  We will NOT accept walk-ins.  A Mask Must be worn and you should be fever-free.

Any question other than exemptions you must call our office and we will assist you over the phone at this time. 

COVID-19 Información actualizada para el 1 de junio de 2020

La Oficina del Asesor estará abierta para asistencia en persona SOLAMENTE para ayuda / preguntas /presentaciones para excpsione de veteranos, discapacitados y veteranos. ¡Esto es solo con cita previa!

Las citas serán de lunes a jueves de 9:00 a.m. a 3:00 p.m.

Llame al (847) 546-2146 para programar su cita. NO aceptaremos visitas sin cita previa. Se debe usar una máscara y no debe tener fiebre.

Cualquier pregunta que no sean exenciones debe llamar a nuestra oficina y le ayudaremos por teléfono en este momento.

If you have any questions concerning your property’s assessed value, please call (847) 546-2146 or email [email protected] or email Chris Ditton  [email protected]

Our Office Hours:  Monday – Thursday 8:30am- 4pm and Friday 8:30am – 2pm,


Please keep in mind you can file for these exemptions yourself on-line @ https://lakecountyilpaefile.tylertech.com/lake_il_sf


Lake County Property Tax bills were mailed May 6th.

Your tax bill is for 2019 property assessments are payable in 2020 which is based on three previous years of qualified sales.  The time to appeal your assessment has already passed. By law, only factual errors can be corrected once the bills go out, changes cannot be made for market valuation issues.

The bill is payable in four equal installments THIS YEAR ONLY

  • June 8, 2020 50% of 1st installment
  • August 7, 2020 50% of 1st installment
  • September 8, 2020 50% of 2nd installment
  • November 9, 2020 50% of 2nd installment

Payments can be made by mail to Lake County Treasurer’s Office 18 N. County St., Waukegan, 60085 or online by credit card or e-check. Additionally, many local banks accept tax payments.


Property owners who DO NOT received a bill can all the Treasurer’s Office at 847-377-2323 or go on-line http://www.tax.lakecountyil.gov/search/commonsearch.aspx?mode=realprop

Payment Options

• By Mail: How to submit payment by mail
• Drop Box Location: drop box is available 24 hours a day
• By Phone: Using a credit card (additional fee is charged)
• Automatic Withdrawal: Pay property tax by automatic withdrawal from a financial institution


• Current Payment Status: Get your payment status information for the current year and past years
• Online Payments: Make your property tax payments online by credit card or e-check (additional fee is charged)
• Your Local Bank:


Grayslake
First Midwest Bank
530 E. Washington
Grayslake, IL 60030
(847) 543-0170 Mon-Fri 9:30-4:00
Sat 9:00-12:00


State Bank of the Lakes
50 Commerce Dr.
Grayslake, IL 60030
(847) 548-2700 Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00
Sat 9:00-1:00
Round Lake


First American Bank
1865 S. Cedar Lake Rd.
Round Lake, IL 60073
(847) 586-2600 Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00
Sat 9:00-12:00


Round Lake Beach
First Midwest Bank
1777 N. Cedar Lake Rd.
Round Lake Beach, IL 60073
(847) 775-8206 Mon-Fri 9:30-4:00
Sat 9:00-12:00


State Bank of the Lakes
10 E. Rollins Rd
Round Lake Beach, IL 60073

(847) 546-1600 Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00
Sat 9:00-1:00


Round Lake Heights
BMO Harris Bank
935 W. Rollins Rd.
Round Lake Heights, IL 60073
(847) 740-2265 Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00
Sat 9:00-12:00


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 ILSC 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.

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

  • 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)
  • 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

PTAX-343-R Annual Verification of Eligibility for the Homestead Exemption for Disabled Persons (PDF)