FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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WHAT IS AN SSA?
Special Service Areas 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. See a full list of Chicago’s SSA providers.
WHAT ARE THE BOUNDARIES OF OAK STREET SSA?
Oak Street SSA includes all property on both the north and south side of Oak Street, between Rush Street and the area just west of Michigan Avenue.
WHAT SERVICES ARE FUNDED THROUGH OAK STREET SSA?
Under the guidance of the Oak Street SSA Commission and administered by the Oak Street Council, our dedicated team of entrepreneurs and managers work unitedly to maintain our reputation as an inviting environment in which to live, shop, and dine. Services provided by the Oak Street SSA include:
• Security: Street-level security cameras and security patrol who monitor our area
• Street Beautification: Sanitation and beautification ambassadors who provide snow removal, street cleaning, and landscaping services
• Exterior Decor: Design professionals who maintain street decorations during holiday seasons
• Communications: Ongoing communications to SSA property owners, businesses, and the public about the accomplishments and impact of the Oak Street SSA
WHY DO WE NEED AN SSA?
With federal, state, and city funding becoming increasingly scarce, SSAs guarantee a consistent level of management for their district, ensuring that we remain competitive and high-performing. 100% of the collected tax revenue is devoted to maintaining and improving our designated area.
WHO GOVERNS THE SSA?
The Oak Street SSA Commission is a public body comprised of property and business owners or their designees within the Oak Street SSA. Their role is to recommend the funding and services, act as the Sole Service Provider to the City, and provide ongoing oversight of the SSA.
WHO DETERMINES THE BUDGET FOR THE SSA?
The budget and services for the SSA are approved on an annual basis by the Oak Street SSA Commission, which oversees the administration of the SSA by the local Sole Service Provider. The SSA revenue is collected by Cook County in its regular property tax collection process.
WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OAK STREET COUNCIL AND THE SSA?
The City of Chicago contracts with local non-profit organizations to manage SSAs. For Oak Street SSA, the Oak Street Council is the sole service provider for the SSA as designated by the City.