Special Service Areas Resource Page

Originally published: May 11, 2011
 

The Special Service Area (SSA) program is an economic development tool similar that establishes a taxing district with specific boundaries. Property owners in that district pay an incremental property tax to fund services such as sidewalk maintenance, landscaping, security and local business advertising. As of May 2011, there are 43 active SSAs in Chicago with an aggregate budget of approximately $23 million. This resource page is intended to provide user-friendly, accessible information about the City’s SSAs. Additional information is available on the Department of Housing and Economic Development’s website and in last year’s audits of each SSA. On this site, at the links below, you can view a google map which highlights the boundaries and tax rate information for each SSA and a more detailed description of SSAs. Also, you can find the detailed 2011 budget for each SSA as well as a Citywide budget for the entire program. If you have ideas about other information regarding SSAs that you believe the City should make public or have any other comments, suggestions, or corrections,  email them to openchicago@chicagoinspectorgeneral.org or submit them via our online suggestion box.


OIG Releases Recommendations for Improving the SSA Establishment Process

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:June 4, 2012 CONTACT: (773) 478 -0534  Jonathan Davey OIG Releases Recommendations for Improving the SSA Establishment Proce The OIG published a review of the process for establishing Special Service Area (SSA) taxing districts, as well as the official response to the report from the City’s Department of Housing & Economic Development (HED). The … [Read More…]

Analysis of Special Service Area Taxes and Tax Increment Financing Funds

For a printer-friendly version of this analysis, click here. The Inspector General’s Office has conducted an analysis of property taxes billed to property owners in Special Service Area (SSA) taxing districts that overlap with Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts.[1] The analysis found that over 80% of SSAs overlapped with TIF districts in 2010 and 2011 … [Read More…]

Special Service Areas Map

The Special Service Area map below highlights the boundaries, 2011 tax rate, tax rate cap, budget and Service Provider Agency for each SSA. The boundaries drawn on this map are meant to identify the general impacted properties in an easy to read inter-active format. View City of Chicago Special Service Areas in a larger map … [Read More…]

Special Service Areas 2011 Budgets

On this page, you can find the 2011 Budgets for each of the City’s 43 SSAs. Each budget is broken down into different categories that attempt to detail how the service provider is using SSA resources. The two files directly below contain the combined budget for all 43 SSAs and a summary of the tax … [Read More…]

Special Service Areas Description

The Special Service Area (SSA) program is an economic development tool that establishes a taxing district with specific boundaries. Property owners in that district pay an incremental property tax to fund services such as sidewalk maintenance, landscaping, security and local business advertising. There are currently 43 active SSAs in Chicago with an aggregate budget of … [Read More…]