In January 2015, the Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce was granted approval by the City of Chicago's Department of Economic Development to explore the idea of creating a Special Service Area (SSA) in 2016. SSA's 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 t public way maintenance and beautification; district marketing and advertising; business retention/attraction, special events and promotional activities; auto and bike transit; security; fašade improvements; and other commercial and economic development initiatives. The City contracts with local non-profits, called Service Providers to manage SSAs. Mayorally-appointed Commissioners for each SSA district oversee and recommend the annual services, budget and Service Provider Agency to the City. There are currently 53 active SSAs in Chicago.
The Chamber has formed an advisory committee made up of commercial property owners and businesses located in the proposed district. The advisory committee has been meeting regularly and conducted a needs assessment survey among community businesses, property owners and residents. They are also working on preparing a budget and scope of services that will be provided. In May 2015, two public meetings will be held and the final application will be submitted to the City in June. For more info, please give the Chamber office a call.