Special Service Area 17
On December 9, 2013, to enhance the quality of the business and community environment, and increase the economic impact of the Ravinia Business District, the City Council approved the City of Highland Park, Illinois Special Service Area 17 (SSA 17).
A Special Service Area is a taxing mechanism that can be used to fund a wide range of special or additional services and/or physical improvements in a defined geographic area within a municipality.
The three year SSA is authorized through 2016. The annual budget/levy is $90,000 which will cover the costs of marketing, public relations, events, banners and expanded beautification in the Ravinia Business District.
The SSA 17 boundaries include commercial and mixed-use rental properties in the B2-RW and RM2 zoning districts. SSA 17 does not include residential condominiums with separate real estate tax PINS that are within the SSA's boundaries, to the extent allowed by law.
To achieve the objectives of the SSA, the City of Highland Park engaged an independent contractor through a Request for Proposal process in early 2014. The goals and activities of the contractor are guided by the Ravinia Business District SSA 17 Advisory Committee and managed by the City's Office of Business Development Manager.