Office of the Assessor

The Vernon Township Assessor is your liaison to the Chief County Assessment Office. The Township Assessor is an elected position (4-year terms). The assessor must be certified by the State and meet continuing education requirements. 

The job of the assessor is to value all taxable parcels of property within the township in a uniform manner, so that all properties are valued at the same approximate assessment level. This creates a fair share spread of the real estate tax burden throughout the township. The assessor has no say or control of the tax monies requested of any given taxing district.

REVIEW YOUR PROPERTY ASSESSMENT

2022 Assessment Notices for Vernon Township are targeted to be mailed in early August 2022. It’s important for taxpayers to read and understand this notice. The Vernon Township Assessor's Office is open to the public during normal business hours. We are also available via phone at 847-634-4602 and by email to info@vernonassessor.com.

EVALUATING YOUR PROPERTY ASSESSMENT 

Before you begin the appeal process, we recommend reviewing your property characteristics at IMSLake.org. Contact the Vernon Township Assessor’s office if you find any errors on your property record.

If you have reviewed your assessment and determine that an appeal is necessary, you can research properties and populate a grid of comparable sales at IMSLake.org. Once you have that grid saved, you are ready to submit an assessment appeal electronically to the Lake County Board of Review through the SmartFile E-Filing Portal. Remember to attach your evidence and submit it before the deadline. The 2022 appeal deadline is September 12.

HOW TO APPEAL YOUR PROPERTY ASSESSMENT

Assessment appeals can be filed with the Lake County Board of Review through the SmartFile E-Filing Portal. The deadline to appeal is September 12, 2022. 

How to file an assessment appeal: 

The rules of the Lake County Board of Review can be found here. You can also call the Chief County Assessment Office at 847-377-2050 for further assistance.

You will need to start the appeal process by creating a grid of comparable properties at IMSLake.org.

  • After entering your PIN or address, a page displaying your residence and its characteristics will appear.
  • At the bottom of the page, under Comparable Property Information, select how you would like to search for comparable properties.
  • Generate your grid by selecting your comparable properties using the drop-down and selecting 1, 2, 3, etc (you may select up to five per grid) and clicking on View Comparable Report.
  • Once your grid is created, download it and save it as a PDF on your computer.

Once you have a comparable property grid saved, you are ready to submit an assessment appeal electronically to the Lake County Board of Review through the SmartFile E-Filing Portal. When you are at the comparable section of the portal, go to the Attachments tab at the top of the page and upload your previously generated comparable property grid as evidence. Do not use the comparable grid in SmartFile as it does not contain the most current and accurate data for Vernon Township.

RENEWAL OF EXEMPTIONS

All 2022 annual exemptions must be applied for apply online through the Chief County Assessment Office's SmartFile E-Filing Portal

The Vernon Township Assessor’s Office will help you file it online. 

Please contact my office if you have any questions: Vernon Township Assessor - 847-634-4602.

Senior Citizen Assessment Freeze Information

Property owners age 65 and older who have a total household income of $65,000 or less are encouraged to apply for the Senior Citizen’s Assessment Freeze.  Applications and Federal Tax Returns will be required in 2022. 

This senior freeze program may reduce your property tax bill by freezing the taxable equalized assessed value of your property, which impacts the total tax you pay.  It does NOT freeze your taxes, but it protects you from tax increases due to rising property values. Even if you have applied for and been granted the freeze exemption in prior years, you must renew your application annually. 

To apply for the senior freeze exemption, the applicant must: 

  • Be 65 years or older. 
  • Have a total household income of $65,000 or less for 2021. 
  • Have owned and occupied the home on Jan. 1, 2021 and Jan. 1, 2022. 

How to Apply:

In 2022, all applications must be submitted online through the Lake County SmartFile E-Filing Portal or you can come to the Vernon Township Assessor’s office and we will help you submit it online. You will need:

  • Your 2021 tax return.
  • Driver’s License showing current address.
  • If the property is owned in trust, proof of beneficiary of the trust will also be required. 

To Apply Online Via Portal: 

  • Go to the Chief County Assessment Office's SmartFile E-Filing Portal at assessor.lakecountyil.gov
  • Log in to your account, create a new account, or log in as a guest. 
  • Click “Available Filings” and choose “EX02: Senior Freeze Application (Annual)”. 
  • Click “Begin Filing”. 
  • Enter the tax year, 2022, and your property PIN or search by Owner Name or Address.
  • Follow the instructions to enter the required information and submit your application. 
  • Note that you will need to upload and submit your federal income tax return or other proof of income.
  • If the property is owned in trust, proof of beneficiary of the trust may also be required.
  • For assistance using the online tool, refer to the Senior Freeze Application Guide for E-Filing.

Veterans with Disabilities Exemption Renewal

The Standard Homestead Exemption for Veterans with Disabilities must be filed every year in order to retain this exemption.  The filing period for tax year 2022 is now open.  The renewal can be filed online or in person at the Vernon Township Assessor’s Office. 

Proof of disability:

This exemption requires proof of your service-connected disability rating every year, unless you are a surviving spouse of a veteran. The letter must include an issuing date in 2022 and the percentage of overall service-connected disability. Proof of disability in letter form can be obtained from one of the following:

• Veterans Affairs Regional Office - call (800) 827-1000. 

• Veteran’s E-Benefit account at www.ebenefits.va.gov.

How to Apply Online:

  • Have your property PIN number and recent service-connected disability award letter. 
  • Go to assessor.lakecountyil.gov and click on the SmartFile E-Filing Portal button in the blue bar in the middle of the page. 
  • Log in to your account, create a new account, or log in as a guest. 
  • Click “Available Filings” and choose “EX03: Disabled Persons or Disabled Veterans Exemption Renewal”. 
  • Click “Begin Filing”. 
  • Enter the tax year, 2022, and your property PIN, or search by Owner Name or Address. 
  • Follow the instructions to enter the required information and submit your application.  
  • Upload the service-connected disability letter.
  • If the property is owned in trust, proof of beneficiary of the trust may also be required.

How to File In Person:

  • Bring your ID such as a drivers’ license to the Vernon Township Assessor's Office.
  • Bring your current service-connected disability letter.
  • If the property is owned in trust, proof of beneficiary of the trust will also be required. 

 Where to Get Help Completing the Online Application:

Assistance is available from the Vernon Township Assessor’s Office or the Chief County Assessment Office, 847-377-2050.

Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the assessor to pick up any new property annually which is not on the assessment roll. This includes new homes, commercial buildings, industrial buildings, finished basements, decks, patios, pools, garages, sheds, barns, etc.

We receive copies of building permits from 11 municipalities and also from the county for unincorporated areas.

Villages within Vernon Township

Villages wholly or partially located in Vernon Township:

  • Bannockburn
  • Buffalo Grove 
  • Indian Creek
  • Lake Forest
  • Lincolnshire
  • Long Grove
  • Mettawa
  • Mundelein
  • Riverwoods
  • Vernon Hills
  • Wheeling

2021 Real Estate Tax

  • First installment due:  June 6, 2022
  • Second installment due:  September 6, 2022

Other Services Provided by the Office of the Assessor

  • Assists in filing Senior Homestead Exemptions. Bring your driver's license showing current address and, if the property is owned in a trust, bring a copy of the trust to our office. 
  • Assists in filing Senior Freeze online or you can use the Senior Freeze online portal on the Lake County Assessor's site. For assistance using the online tool, refer to the Senior Freeze Application Guide for E-Filing.
  • Distributes literature concerning assessments and tax bill processes.
  • Provides information requested for Assessment Appeals.
  • Monitors and grants Homeowners Exemptions for owner-occupied residential properties.
  • Requests Tax Bill address changes (PDF).
  • Assists in filing Agricultural Valuation.
  • Monitors qualifying properties for Home-Improvement Exemptions (up to $75,000 off the full market value or a $25,000 assessment reduction).
  • Assists in determining tax bill amounts.
  • Provides information on how to obtain names and addresses for properties applying for variances.
  • Requests Commercial Building Vacancy Affidavits (PDF).
  • Offers free Notary Public for Vernon Township residents.