Special Service Area (SSA) Program

SSAs are geographic districts that fund expanded programs and services within a city-designated area through property tax levies. Property owners in that district pay an incremental property tax to fund services like sidewalk maintenance. A service like this is provided in addition to those already provided by the City.

Although the yearly tax rate may vary depending on the tax revenues needed to deliver the budgeted services, the rate may not exceed the SSA’s authorized tax rate cap. SSA budgets are reviewed annually by DHED and approved by the SSA Commissioners and City Council.

Before contacting an SSA Provider, first check if your business is in an SSA district. SSA Providers can support you in the following ways:

  • Support services including public property beautification and maintenance, safety, building rehab rebates, local business advertising and district marketing
  • Public meetings and information about SSA decision-making processes
  • More information about SSA budgets

Southeast Chicago Chamber is currently accepting Commissioner Applications to fill the non-paid role of appropriating SSA #50 funds. To qualify, a SSA Commissioner Applicant must either be a resident or business/property owner in the district. Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor with the approval of City Council and serve for 2 years with the ability to renew at the end of that time.

If you are interested in becoming a special service area commissioner, complete the application by following the URL https://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/dcd/ssa/2018SSA/COMMISSIONER_APPLICATION_2018.pdf

Commissioner Meeting Dates:

April 17, 2019

June 5, 2019

August 14, 2019

October 9, 2019