Lake County property owners will soon be receiving their property assessment notice in the mail. It's important for taxpayers to read, understand and check this notice for accuracy as it contains important information about their property.
Assessment notices are sent to property owners at different times, depending on which township they live in. After assessments are published for a township, a property owner has 30 days to decide if they would like to appeal their assessment. Taxpayers are encouraged to contact their local township assessor's office if they have questions regarding the valuation of their property.
Understand Your Property Assessment
To help taxpayers evaluate their property assessment notice, the Chief County Assessment Office is hosting tax assessment help center sessions. At the sessions, property owners can talk one-on-one with taxpayer advocates to understand the information on their assessment, see how to use the County's new web applications and learn about homestead exemptions, which can potentially provide tax relief.
Help Center Schedule
Location: University Center of Lake County, Room 211, 1200 University Center Drive, Grayslake
Wednesday Dates: 4 - 7 p.m., Sept. 25, Oct. 2 and Oct. 9
Saturday Dates: 9 a.m. - noon, Sept. 28, Oct. 5 and Oct. 12
Property owners also can visit the Chief County Assessment Office at 18 N. County St., from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to receive assistance. No appointment is necessary.
New for 2019 - Appeals Must Be Filed Electronically
Property owners can appeal their assessment on their own through the Lake County Board of Review. No attorney is required for a residential appeal. Appeals can be done in a few minutes by using the new SmartFile E-Filing Portal.
Prior to filing a formal appeal to the Board of Review, property owners should contact their local township assessor's office to discuss their concerns. There is a 30-day deadline from the date of publication to file an assessment appeal. The filing deadline for each property is listed on the assessment notice.
- Watch this video to learn how to file an appeal online.
- To appeal your assessment online, start by creating an account through the Smartfile E-Filing portal.
2019 Filing Deadlines and Decision Mailed Dates
|Township||Newspaper||Assessment Roll Published (* for Tentative)||Final Filing Dates||Findings Mailed
||PTAB Final Filing Date|
|Antioch||Lake County Journal||09/05/2019||10/07/2019
|Avon||Lake County Journal||09/26/2019
|Benton||Lake County News Sun||09/06/2019
|Cuba||Barrington Courier Review||10/10/2019*
|Ela||Lake Zurich Courier||10/10/2019*
|Grant||Lake County Journal||10/10/2019*
|Lake Villa||Lake County Journal||09/19/2019
|Libertyville||Libertyville Review and Vernon Hills Review||10/10/2019*
|Moraine||Highland Park News||10/03/2019*
|Newport||Lake County News Sun||10/03/2019*
|Vernon||Buffalo Grove Countryside, Lincolnshire Review and Vernon Hills Review||
|Warren||Lake County News Sun||09/26/2019
|Wauconda||Lake County Journal||10/03/2019*
|Waukegan||Lake County News Sun||10/03/2019*
|West Deerfield||Deerfield Review and Lake Forester||10/03/2019*
|Zion||Lake County News Sun||10/03/2019*
Things to Know
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.
Property information can be searched free of charge at tax.lakecountyil.gov. Enter an address or property PIN number to view tax summaries, property history, exemptions, permits, sketches, sales history and a host of other property characteristics.
Seek help if you need assistance understanding your assessment, appealing online, or applying for homestead exemptions. Remember, an attorney is not needed for a residential appeal. Receive help by going to a Tax Assessment Help Center, or contacting your township assessor or the Chief County Assessment Office.