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 and Friday 9am – 12 pm



August 19, 2020 

2020 AVON Township Assessment Notices 

2020 assessment notices will be mailed out this week for property owners in Avon Township. The assessment will also be published August 20th in the Lake County Journal. As of the date of publication, 2020 values will be available online 

The final filing date for assessment appeals in Avon Township is Monday, September 21st, 2020.  Property owners that decide to appeal must do so electronically. Property owners can appeal their assessment on their own through the Lake County Board of Review. Appeals can be done in a few minutes by using the new SmartFile E-Filing Portal. 

Appeal Information 

Prior to filing a formal appeal to the Board of Review, read, understand, and check your notice for accuracy. Property owners should contact Avon Township Assessor’s Office to discuss their concerns.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic for the safety of our public and staff, please call our office ahead of time (847) 546-2146 to make an appointment or you can email us @ [email protected] 

Note that there is a 30-day deadline from the date of publication to file an assessment appeal. 

How to File an Appeal  

  • On the Lake County SmartFile E-Filing login page, create an account or log in to your existing account.  
  • You will be directed to a portal where you can complete the entire appeal process. View a video tutorial for filing your appeal. Download printable instructions to file your appeal.  
  • When you have entered all the information required for your appeal, be sure to go to the section labeled submit, type in your name, and press the submit button. You will receive an email confirmation that your appeal has been received.  

    Note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all appeal hearings that are requested as “in-person” will be conducted through the Zoom meeting platform. Appeal your assessment online


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  •  Avisos de evaluación del municipio de AVON 2020 

    Los avisos de evaluación de 2020 se enviarán por correo esta semana a los propietarios en Avon Township. La evaluación también se publicará el 20 de agosto en el Lake County Journal. A partir de la fecha de publicación, los valores de 2020 estarán disponibles en línea. 

    La fecha de presentación final para las apelaciones de tasación en Avon Township es el lunes 21 de septiembre de 2020. Los propietarios que decidan apelar deben hacerlo electrónicamente. Los propietarios pueden apelar su tasación por su cuenta a través de la Junta de Revisión del Condado de Lake. Las apelaciones se pueden realizar en unos minutos utilizando el nuevo portal de presentación electrónica SmartFile. 

    Información de la apelación 

    Antes de presentar una apelación formal ante la Junta de Revisión, lea, comprenda y verifique que su aviso sea correcto. Los propietarios deben comunicarse con la Oficina del Tasador del Municipio de Avon para discutir sus inquietudes. Debido a la pandemia de COVID-19 para la seguridad de nuestro público y personal, llame a nuestra oficina con anticipación al (847) 546-2146 para hacer una cita o puede enviarnos un correo electrónico a [email protected] 

    Tenga en cuenta que existe un plazo de 30 días a partir de la fecha de publicación para presentar una apelación de tasación. 

    Cómo presentar una apelación 

    ü En la página de inicio de sesión de presentación electrónica SmartFile del condado de Lake, cree una cuenta o inicie sesión en su cuenta existente. 

    ü Se le dirigirá a un portal donde podrá completar todo el proceso de apelación. Vea un video tutorial para presentar su apelación. Descargue instrucciones imprimibles para presentar su apelación. 

    ü Cuando haya ingresado toda la información requerida para su apelación, asegúrese de ir a la sección etiquetada enviar, escriba su nombre y presione el botón enviar. Recibirá una confirmación por correo electrónico de que se ha recibido su apelación. 

    Tenga en cuenta que debido a la pandemia de COVID-19, todas las audiencias de apelación que se soliciten “en persona” se llevarán a cabo a través de la plataforma de reuniones Zoom. Apele su evaluación en línea. 

    How to Evaluate Your Assessment 

    You just received your assessment notice and you feel there may be a problem. How do you evaluate your new assessment to determine if it is fair, accurate, and uniform? The main source for information is on the Lake County website. Do not forget, my staff here at the Avon Villa Township Assessor’s Office and I are here to help you. For assistance with any issue, contact my office (847) 546-2146.

    The Lake County web site has a vast amount of assessment related data available. For example; a report can be created gathering all the characteristics about your property, or comparison grids of assessment and sale can be created, and the forms for the Board of Review are on line, as well as information on how the assessment process works. Instructions for the use of the Lake County Assessment Comparison Grid can be found in the “how to … instructions” section. Assessment Information and Comparison Grid Instructions 

    Reasons to make an Appeal 
    1. Factual Error – Property Characteristics
    This type of case involves questions on the accuracy of property characteristics used by the township assessor in the assessment process. The types of questions that might arise in this area are the actual living area of the home, number of bathrooms, size of the basement, total land area, etc. For additional information, see the Board’s Rules, Section IV A. 

    2. Recent Purchase of Property
    In this case you may have a 2019 or 2020 sale that you would like the Board of Review to consider as evidence of fair cash value for January 1, 2020. There are a series of required questions related to the transaction, along with the ability to upload sales documentation including the signed and completed Settlement Statement or the Closing Disclosures and Summaries of Transactions for the Board’s considerations. For additional information, see the Board’s Rules, Section IV B. 

    3. Recent Appraisal
    In this case, you have a real estate appraisal that you would like the Board of Review to consider as evidence of fair cash value for January 1, 2020. The ability to upload the appraisal is provided. If your appraisal is yet to be completed, you will be reminded of the Board’s deadlines for your document. For additional information, see the Board’s Rules, Section IV C. 

    4. Recent Sales Comparables
    This case involves the submission of comparable properties that have recently sold using the Lake County Comparable Property Grid. Generally, the key metric in these cases is to compare the sale price per AGLA of the submitted comparables to the market value per AGLA of the subject property. Remember that the Board of Review will be looking for the best comparable sales evidence in determining the fair cash value as of January 1, 2020. In performing your comparable search, be sure to look for properties that are similar to yours. For additional information, see the Board’s Rules, Section IV C. 

    5. Equity of Assessment Comparables
    This case involves the submission of comparable properties using the Lake County Comparable Property Grid. Generally, the key metric in these cases is to compare the building assessment per AGLA of the subject to the building assessments per AGLA of the submitted comparables. In making their decision, the Board of Review will be considering the notable differences between the subject property and comparables so be sure to look for properties that are similar to yours. For additional information, see the Board’s Rules, Section IV D. 

    6. Matter of Law and Other
    This type of case generally involves legal issues. This selection allows you to upload a legal brief, or the option to paste text into the box provided. For additional information, see the Board’s Rules, Section IV E. 

    Additional Information for Appeals 
    Property Characteristics 
    The first place to start when evaluating your assessment is to verify the property characteristics on which your assessment is based. The type of items to look for are dimensions of your home used to compute it size, basement area, basement finish, number of bathrooms, fireplaces, air conditioning, etc. If you find an error, it is a simple process for my office to correct the error and change the assessed value accordingly – we actually like correcting errors. 

    Where to find Property Characteristics 
    There are two main sources for this information. The first is the property record card maintained by my office. Owners are encouraged to review their card. It is a detailed record noting sales history, assessment history, land and building information, and valuation detail. The other main source is the Lake County web site. By inputting your PIN or address a property report is generated. The report provides the current assessment, the drawing and dimensions of your home, and the characteristics mentioned above. 

    http://www.tax.lakecountyil.gov/forms/htmlframe.aspx?mode=content/home.htm
     

    Living Area – Square Footage 
    The main characteristic used to determine your assessed value is square footage of your home. We use the external dimensions of your property to compute its size. Our intent was to find and correct any errors in the external dimensions. However, if you feel there is an error contact my office and we can re-inspect your property. 

    Number of Bedrooms 
    A common misconception is the value is based on the number of bedrooms. This is not true. Bedrooms can be a large or small as a homeowner chooses. For our purposes bedroom count is an informational data field. 

    Uniformity Appeal 
    One of the most important aspect in assessing property is equal treatment between properties to equability distribute the tax burden or simply uniformity.  I if you live in a “model A” in a subdivision, another person living down the street in the same model should be assessed alike. The Lake County web site provides the ability to check uniformity. The detailed instructions are found via “Assessment Information and Comparison Grid Instructions” heading. From the County web site three properties can be compared in a grid format. For each property, fields such as living square footage, age, total market value and price per square foot can be compared. It is important to try to stay within your immediate neighborhood and try to find houses that are the most similar to yours. For example, if you live in a 1 story home, compare only to other 1 story homes. You can contact my office for further information. 

    Sales of Similar Homes 
    If there are recent sales of similar homes in your area and those sales prices are less than your current assessed value, then you may deserve a reduction to the range indicated by the sale prices. Again, the Lake County web site provides the ability to find recent sales. The detailed instructions are found via this link “Assessment Information and Comparison Grid Instructions” heading. From the County web site three properties can be compared in a grid format. For each property, fields such as living square footage, age, total market value and sale price per square foot can be compared. It is important to try to stay within your immediate area (neighborhood) and try to find houses that are the most similar to yours. 
     
    Recent Purchase Price 
    If you have recently purchased your property and the Assessor’s estimate of market value is greater than the sale price, an assessment reduction maybe warranted. My office will verify the transaction is a fair market, arms–length sale and the parcel were sold on the open market. Again, contact my office for assistance.  We will not go to your sale price because one sale doesn’t tell us what the market is.   

    Recent Appraisal 
    If you had a recent appraisal of your property and the Assessor’s estimate of market value is greater than the appraised value, an assessment reduction may be warranted. My office will want to review the appraisal to ensure there are proper adjustments and to verify the comparable properties utilized. Please provide a copy to our office for review.  Make note that a refi appraisal is not the same as an appraisal for assessment.