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Citizens Seek Avon Twp. Assessor Ditton’s Resignation

Avon Township Office, Round Lake Area News
Citizens of Avon Voice Discontent Over Assessor Ditton's Job Performance As the last light was turned off and the doors were locked at the Avon Township Center Monday night, one thing was quite clear. The citizens of Avon Township have grown weary of Assessor Christopher Ditton's performance as well as his costly lawsuits and overwhelmingly seek his resignation. They also backed the Boards recent decision to censure Avon Township Assessor Christopher Ditton. With several dozen citizens of Avon Township in attendance, the lone dissenter was a political ally of Dittons who failed in an attempt to have a roll call vote requiring everyone to state their names. When the same individual asked Trustee Bill McNeill how he would have voted if he were at the censure meeting, McNeill resp

Avon Township Assessor Ditton Censured by Board

Avon Township Office, Round Lake Area News
Ditton and Company Try to Supress Vote With Lawsuit Threat At the July 2015 Avon Township Monthly Board Meeting the Supervisor and Trustees were given the opportunity to censure Avon Township Assessor Christopher Ditton. This all came about as a result of an earlier Town Hall meeting in which local residents expressed their frustration over the lack of Assessor Ditton's professionalism and failure to perform his duties. As a result a resolution to censure Assessor Ditton was drafted by a resident of the community, submitted to the Board, and appeared on the July agenda. However, at that meeting there was quite a bit of hesitation in passing the resolution due to costly lawsuits involving the Assessor. One of the Trustees just wanted it all to 'go away', another felt that if the Board

Avon Township Special Budget Meeting A Non-Starter

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Attorneys outnumber spectators three to one With multiple attorneys at the meeting representing the Township Board up front, the Assessor to the right of me, and the Board's insurance carrier to the left of me,  I couldn't help thinking of the Steelers Wheel song "Stuck in the Middle"  with the lyrics " Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am stuck in the middle with you". Why were there so many attorneys at tonight's special finance committee meeting? It was because after the special finance meeting there was going to be a special meeting that would go into Executive session almost immediately after the Pledge of Allegiance and a quick rundown of the agenda with nothing on it. The attorneys for the Assessor and the insurance carrier were invited to the Executive sess

Fireworks Erupt During Avon Township Budget Discussion

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Trustees Critical of Assessor Ditton's Budget Request At Monday evenings Avon Township monthly meeting the fireworks carried over from the earlier Finance Meeting where budgets were presented and discussed. You may recall that even though Avon Township Assessor Chris Ditton was aware that his budget was cut directly proportional to other areas of the Avon Township activities, he continued to burn through his allotted funds until his department ran out and he closed the assessor's office to the public, referring residents to Lake County. Supposedly, Ditton continued to work in the field on tax protest assessments and showed up occasionally in his office or worked from home. Ditton didn't get the warm welcome he may have expected as Trustees grilled him on alternative staffing models

NEWEST Avon Township Website Online

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Brand New Look for Avon Township Website When I say "newest", it's because the Avon Township website has gone through several transistions since the former Township Supervisor, Sam Yingling, let the domain expire.  Yingling never did explain why or how that happened but it's no secret that there is still plenty of animosity between the current Board of Trustees and Yingling. Another source of ongoing contention is between the Avon Township Assessor, Chris Ditton, and the Board. With all department budgets being cut proportionately across the entire Township, the assessors office felt the biggest impact. Rather than live within the funds allocated to his office, Ditton continued to spend beyond that allocation and eventually ran out of money for staffing the office. Thus, as you vie

Avon Township Monthly Board Meeting 10-13-14

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Website down, Assessor's doors locked, continuing budget discussion and more..... Prior to the October Avon Township Monthly Board meeting, members held a Finance Committee meeting. During the finance meeting there was discussion on the 2013-2014 financial report and audit as well as the tax levy, passed by the previous administration, which has left the Township struggling with a drastically reduced amount of funds. Discussion also centered around the number of taxable properties in Avon Township compared to other townships, the number of tax appeals being handled by each over the past four years, and the assessor budgets. Avon Township currently has 23,902 taxable parcels. The number of tax appeals for 2014 is 1,395 (5.84% of total parcels), down from 1,788 in 2013, 2,775 in 2012