The 2015 Utah's Freest Cities Ranking

Eagle Mountain (12/50)(1 is most free, 50 is least free)

To learn what the below scores mean and how they were calculated, read our ranking methodology.

Individual Liberty (32/50)

This category compiles scores on 17 different data points to determine how well Eagle Mountain respects and protects the liberty of its citizens.

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Code Accessiblity110%This city uses an online, easily navigable and searchable database for its city laws.Code Publishing database
Dog Licensing3310%Depending on whether the dog is fixed or not and the length of the license you purchase, licensing fees for each dog ranges from $11.66 to $35.Utah Valley Animal Shelter
Free Speech3015%This city requires a permit to stage a protest on public property, but does not require a fee.12-3
Daytime Curfew110%This city does not impose a daytime curfew on minors.
Vice Regulation1310%This city exceeds the regulations of state law on public consumption of alcohol by prohibiting beer in a list of public places. Smoking is also prohibited in certain outdoor areas.7-05-040(Y), 7-05-040
Campaign Contribution Limits110%This city does not regulate free speech by imposing a limit on campaign contributions for city elections
Loitering1810%The loitering laws in this city prohibit minors from loitering in or around any beer tavern.5-15-180(d-e)
Violation of Ordinances1110%While some ordinances may impose a specific penalty, in Eagle Mountain the default penalty for a violation of any city ordinance, if not specified, is a class B misdemeanor which carries a fine of up to $1,000.
Gun Regulation2915%Under authority granted from state law, Eagle Mountain has chosen to regulate the discharge of firearms in city limits; however, the city's law does make an exception for self-defense. The city's law also has additional provisions regulating firearms that may be inconsistent with state and federal law. This includes:
• Carrying a firearm during special events is prohibited in parks.
• Firearms prohibited during public assemblies.
• Possession of firearms prohibited in rehab and treatment facilities.
9-10-010, 7-05-040(u), 12-30-010(t), 17-75-070(d)

Private Property (22/50)

63 different data points are included in this category to discern the degree to which Eagle Mountain respects and protects private property rights.

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Conditional Use Permit Fees4210%The cost of a conditional use permit is $500 for new permits, and $200 to amend.Fee Schedule
Home Building Fees1010%The total cost of permit fees for building a typical single family home is $4,446. This includes $1,834 in permit fees, $2,154 in impact fees, no site plan approval fees, and $458 in plan check fees.Per city staff
Animal Restrictions215%Chickens are permitted in at least one residential zone. Beehives are permitted in residential zones without a permit. Assuming a lot size of 0.15 acres, this city only allows you to have 4 dogs, allows 51 chickens, and does not limit the number of beehives.6-05-260, 17-85
Short-term Rentals115%While some cities in Utah prohibit using services like Airbnb and VRBO to rent property, this city has no ordinance regulating or explicitly prohibiting property owners from doing so.Per city staff
Taxes & Cost of Government3230%The cost of government in Eagle Mountain as a share of the total taxable economic base is $95 per $10,000. As a share of total personal income, the cost is $339 per $10,000. On a per capita basis, the cost is $419. The city gets 12% of its tax revenue from property taxes, 21% of its tax revenue from sales tax, and 66% from other sources including fees and fines.City Financial Statements
Bonded Debt5015%The city does not have any general obligation debt. However, if counting revenue bonds, the city's debt limit utilization would be 38.82%.City Financial Statements
Lobbying15%This city does not employ lobbyists to represent the city.Per Records Request

This city also has restrictive land use ordinances that violate property rights.

Free Enterprise (2/50)

The final category includes 35 different data points in an effort to review Eagle Mountain's protection—or violation—of the free market.

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
City-owned Enterprises415%This city owns one enterprise that could instead be offered by the private market: a redevelopment agency; City Financial Statements
Beer Sale Restrictions810%This city regulates the retail sale of beer by requiring sales to be under surveillance from 11 pm to 5 am.5-15-090(A)
Alcohol Licensing1810%The city requires $300 for a retail beer license, $300 for a restaurant license, and $300 for a tavern license.City Fee Schedule
Sales Tax1320%This city imposes a combined sales tax rate of 6.75% on its citizens. The city also has a municipal energy tax rate of 6.0%, a transient room tax at 4.25%, and a leasing tax at 7.5%.State Tax Commission
Business Licensing1235%This city charges the following licensing fees: $75 for a home occupation license; $75 for a small commercial license; $75 for a large commercial license; $85 for a temporary firework stand; $85 for a temporary christmas tree lot; and $75 for two solicitor licenses.City Fee Schedule
Commerce Regulations510%In Eagle Mountain, construction projects may not commence before 9am on Saturdays and Sundays. And all outdoor public assemblies must finish before 2am, or 10pm on nights preceding a day when elementary school is in session.12-30-020(P), 8.15.070(c)

City Data

Overall Ranking: 12/50

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Year incorporated: 1996
Population (2010): 21,415
FoG: Six-member Council

County: Utah
Class: 4
Cluster: C

MHI: $68,408.00

Best Score

Short-term Rentals

Worst Score

Bonded Debt