Office of the Assessor

We MovED!

The Vernon Township Assessor’s office HAs movED to the Vernon Township Community Services Building at 2900 N. Main Street, Buffalo Grove. The building is located immediately South of THE FORMER office in the Vernon Township Administration Building.

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 by any given taxing district.

RENEWAL OF EXEMPTIONS

Beginning in January 2023, annual exemptions can be applied for 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 or by email at info@vernonassessor.com.

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 are required. 

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 2022. 
  • Have owned and occupied the home on Jan. 1, 2022 and Jan. 1, 2023. 

How to Apply:

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 2022 federal 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, 2023, 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 2023 will open in January.  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 2023 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, 2023, 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 driver’s 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

2022 Real Estate Tax

  • First installment due:  Early summer 2023
  • Second installment due:  Fall 2023

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.