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Special Service Areas, known as Business Improvement Districts or BIDs in other cities, are local tax districts that fund expanded services and programs through a localized property tax levy within contiguous areas. The enhanced services and programs are in addition to those currently provided through the City.
SSA-funded projects typically include but are not limited to: public way maintenance and beautification; district marketing and advertising; business retention/attraction, special events and promotional activities; auto and bike transit; security; façade improvements; and other commercial and economic development initiatives.
The City contracts with local non-profits, called Service Providers, to manage SSAs. Mayorally-appointed SSA Commissioners for each SSA district oversee and recommend the annual services, budget and Service Provider Agency to the City. There are currently 44 active SSAs in Chicago.
2014 Designation Documents
The 2014 SSA Feasibility Study was due Monday, October 15, 2012. The City is no longer accepting Feasibility Studies for 2014 Designations. Agencies interested in sponsoring a 2015 SSA designation can review the 2014 application documents until the 2015 application documents are available Summer 2013.
2013 SSA DESIGNATIONS
The City received 2013 SSA Designation Packets from the following sponsor agencies by the June 15, 2012 deadline. Click on the links below to each applicant’s SSA District Plan – either the full plan with attachments or the summary without attachments. These SSA Plans are under review by the City. Each district is legally required to have a Public Hearing by City Council, which likely will occur Fall 2012. Further information about the public hearings will be posted when available.
*Note: #57 and #58 skipped to provide number 59
For more information about SSAs, click on these links below:
Citywide SSA Map
SSA Districts and Service Providers
SSA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
2012 SSA Commissioner Application
2012 SSA Commissioner Application - 2012 City Ethics Statement
Sample BID Management Plan