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Proposed Tax Payments for new SSA

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The South East Chicago Commission released a database of properties that will participate in the proposed SSA tax contributions.  Tax payments are outlined by property PIN# and the proposals are available for download now.  

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If you do not have your property PIN, please call the SECC office for assistance.


The goal of a Special Service Area designation in Hyde Park is to create and maintain a vibrant, pedestrian friendly business district that reflects the culture and history of Hyde Park, serving local residents, stakeholders and visitors.

Did you know a Special Service Area (SSA) Designation could provide the following services/amenities to our community?

Examples of SSA Funded initiatives include:

• Parking/transit/accessibility: local lot rental, special event shuttle, bike transit enhancements, special event valet or district valet supplementation, circulating trolley
• Advertising and promotions: special events, website/social media, shoppersʼ incentive or rebate program, advertising and print materials
• Litter pickup and snow removal from bus stops and crosswalks 4-5 days/week
• Landscaping, decorative banners, way-finding signage 

WHY A SSA Designation?

• No other source of funding exists for cleaning, greening and promoting a neighborhood, except the Special Service Area
• Need to maintain ongoing, consistent and reliable funding for community initiatives, events and programs
• SSAs provide a locally controlled way for a community to implement enhancements in the way they are envisioned
• Limited funds exist for promoting, marketing a neighborhood
• SSA allows for the creation and implementation of visioning efforts

To learn more please attend the SSA Community Meetings
• Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 7:00 PM,  Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Avenue
• Thursday, May 30, 2013, 7:00 PM,  Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Avenue

Or please call the South East Chicago Commission at 773-324-6926