Board of Review Decision Letters

Hi Everyone,

As you can see (from the picture), like many of you, I was denied a reduction on the assessment of my home.  After further review, I feel like I am being assessed fairly, and will take no further action.  HOWEVER, if you feel you are still not being assessed fairly, there are still options for you.  You can use the comparables you have and appeal to the Cook County Board of Review PTAB Board, and you may hire a lawyer for this process.  Also, if your mortgage company or bank asked you to pay more into your escrow, like mine did, you may ask them to spread that payment out over 2-3 years.   i have talked to many banks in the area and they said they are willing to spread out the one time payment that is being asked. As always if you have any questions please feel free to call or email or stop by my office at anytime.

Determining how to get your tax bill calculated as shown on your second installment property tax bill  (Keep in mind the state equalizer and tax rate will change next year) :

Example with a $200,000 Property Value:


$200,000    (example)       ----Property Value           (Insert your new assessed value, as shown on your decision letter)

X      10%                             ---- Assessment level



$20,000                               ----Assessed Value (AV)


X   2.9627                             ---- State equalizer



$59,254                                 ---- Equalized Assessed Value (EAV)


_   10,000                              ---- Homeowners Exemption




X   14.655%                               ---- Tax Rate


$7,218.17                               = Total Taxes Paid

I also wanted to let you know that I met with Cook County Assessor Elect Fritz Kaegi this past Saturday morning.  We had a good long talk and I see many progressive ideas coming.  I see positive changes and improvements to issues that have plagued the Assessor's Office for decades.  
I was also encouraged that he is going to advocate for a reform on the way our schools are funded.  He agreed with me that we need to change how we found our schools.  As I have spoken about many times and at a recent school board meeting, we need our General Assembly to stop putting the burden of funding our schools on homeowners and do what most states do to fund their schools.  Michigan for example, went from 60% funded by homeowners to 20%.  We also talked about incentives for landlords to rent out their vacant storefronts to bring more property taxes into the community and lessen the burden on homeowners. I look forward to working with Fritz Kaegi in the future and I remain hopeful for the future of Berwyn Township and Cook County. 
Thank you.
Berwyn Assessor David Avila
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2018 Board of Review Appeal


Due to high demand. Our office will be hosting 4 Property Assessment/Tax Appeal Workshops and our office will be open 7 days a week till August 30th. The following are the dates for our workshops:

Tuesday August 7th at North Berwyn Park District Community Center (1619 Wesley St.) 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Thursday August 9th at Concordia Lutheran Church (3144 S. Home Ave.) 7:40 p.m.-8:40 p.m.

Tuesday August 14th at Pershing School (6537 37th St.) 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday August 15th Heritage School (6850 31st. St) 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

I would like to thank everyone for being patient with our office, especially regarding our responses to your email and phone calls. I definitely want to thank our staff for the time they are putting in and to the community leaders and elected officials that have reached out to help set-up workshops and other resources; Mayor Robert J. Lovero, Berwyn Township, Ald. Scott Lennon, Ald. Jose Ramirez, Ald. Cesar Santoy, Ald. Alicia Ruiz, Ald, Ralph Avila, 3rd Ward Club President Richard Leja, School District 100 and North Berwyn Park District.

Please feel free to call or email if you have any questions
[email protected]
David Avila
Berwyn Township Assessor

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Property Tax Bills are Now Online/ Join us Now every Sunday for the Berwyn Township Farmers Market!

 Your Cook County property tax bill is online two weeks early!


        Your property tax bills are due August 1, 2018, have been posted on the Cook County Treasurer website. Property owners will be able to pay their tax bill online free of charge with their bank accounts. Fees do apply to credit card payments. No cash, no check, or stamps. You will also be able to download a copy of your Tax Bill from the website.

To make a payment you will need to go to

  • Select “Make an Online Payment”
  • Enter your Property Index Number or Address


Bills are to be mailed out at the beginning of July, with the due date of August 1, 2018. 


Please join us at our annually Farmers Market starting July 1!


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2018 Appeals!

We are now open to appeal your property tax assessments for 2018. David J. Avila Assessor’s office will be helping with appeals until March 29th; however you can still file with the Cook County Assessor’s office until April 2, 2018. We will also be having a Property tax assessment appeal workshop on Monday March 19 at 5:30 pm at the Berwyn Police Station Community Room at 6401 31st street.   

The Berwyn Township Assessor's hours will be extended during the period of property tax appeals, from March 1 to March 29th, as follows:

Mondays – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesdays – 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thursday– 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturdays March 17 and 24 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

We will work on appeals for lack of uniformity, overvaluation, incorrect property description, purchase price, and uninhabitable property. If you believe the Cook County Assessor’s Office has the wrong square footage in their database, our office can contest the square footage for you; we will need your plat of survey.

We will also make sure you are receiving all the exemptions that apply to you and check if you are eligible for a refund for prior years.

Please contact our office for an appointment to appeal your property assessment. Walk-ins are welcome, but keep in mind that appointments will be priority.

We are still doing our “Socks for our Servicemen Program”. New socks donated will be taken to the Annual Winter Standown held on the Northside of Chicago.  I volunteered in my first Standown two year ago and it left a great impression, especially as a son of a Vietnam Veteran.  Since, the first Standown in 1993, this 3 day event has provided medical services, housing opportunities, employment assistance, food and clothing.  This event is geared toward the hundreds of homeless veterans and veterans that need a helping hand. So, when you stop by, please drop off a brand new pair of socks if you can, thank you in advance.

For questions or concerns regarding your property taxes please don’t hesitate to call our office at (708)788-6600, email us, or visit us at our office located at 6600 W. 26th street, Berwyn, IL.



David J. Avila

Berwyn Township Assessor

[email protected]


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