Murray (22/50)(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 (2/50)
This category compiles scores on 17 different data points to determine how well Murray respects and protects the liberty of its citizens.
|Code Accessiblity||1||10%||This city uses an online, easily navigable and searchable database for its city laws.||Sterling Codifiers database|
|Dog Licensing||1||10%||Depending on whether the dog is fixed or not and the length of the license you purchase, licensing fees for each dog ranges from $5. to $5.||Link|
|Free Speech||1||15%||This city does not require a permit to stage a protest on public property.|
|Daytime Curfew||1||10%||This city does not impose a daytime curfew on minors.|
|Vice Regulation||1||10%||This city does not impose additional regulations on public alcohol consumption beyond state law. However, smoking is prohibited in certain outdoor areas.||12-24-220|
|Campaign Contribution Limits||1||10%||This city does not regulate free speech by imposing a limit on campaign contributions for city elections|
|Loitering||31||10%||The loitering laws in this city prohibit loitering on school grounds without lawful business.||9-19-010(c)|
|Violation of Ordinances||11||10%||While some ordinances may impose a specific penalty, in Murray 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.||1-12-020(b), 1-12-020|
|Gun Regulation||25||15%||Under authority granted from state law, Murray has chosen to regulate the discharge of firearms in city limits; however, the city's law does make an exception for self-defense. The code also has additional provisions regulating firearms. This includes:|
• The manufacture of firearms is prohibited in M-G zones.
Private Property (35/50)
63 different data points are included in this category to discern the degree to which Murray respects and protects private property rights.
|Conditional Use Permit Fees||28||10%||The cost of a conditional use permit is $300.||Permit application|
|Home Building Fees||16||10%||The total cost of permit fees for building a typical single family home is $6,820. This includes $1,841 in permit fees, $4,059 in impact fees, $920 in site plan approval fees, and no plan check fees.||Per city staff|
|Animal Restrictions||42||15%||Chickens are permitted in at least one residential zone. Beehives are not permitted in residential zones. Assuming a lot size of 0.15 acres, this city only allows you to have 2 dogs, allows 0 chickens, and no beehives.||6-04-010, 17-152-030, Per city staff (not a permitted use)|
|Short-term Rentals||17||15%||This city prohibits property owners from renting their residential property on a short-term basis as is often done through services like Airbnb and VRBO.||17.112.020 ("BED AND BREAKFAST HOMESTAY"’Murray's term used for short-term rentals’not listed as a permitted use)|
|Taxes & Cost of Government||35||30%||The cost of government in Murray as a share of the total taxable economic base is $83 per $10,000. As a share of total personal income, the cost is $393 per $10,000. On a per capita basis, the cost is $749. The city gets 36% of its tax revenue from property taxes, 28% of its tax revenue from sales tax, and 35% from other sources including fees and fines.||City Financial Statements|
|Bonded Debt||14||15%||The city does not have any general obligation debt. However, if counting revenue bonds, the city's debt limit utilization would be 4.92%.||City Financial Statements|
|Lobbying||36||5%||During the past two years, Murray has spent an average of $25,000 each year to hire lobbyists to represent the city.||Per Records Request|
This city also has restrictive land use ordinances that violate property rights.
Free Enterprise (35/50)
The final category includes 35 different data points in an effort to review Murray's protection—or violation—of the free market.
|City-owned Enterprises||30||15%||This city owns 4 enterprises that could instead be offered by the private market: a redevelopment agency; an electric power company; a golf course; a theater;||City Financial Statements|
|Beer Sale Restrictions||21||10%||This city regulates the retail sale of beer by prohibiting sales from 1 am to 7 am.||5-12-250(C)|
|Alcohol Licensing||35||10%||The city requires $200 for a retail beer license, $500 for a restaurant license, and $500 for a tavern license.||City Fee Schedule|
|Sales Tax||41||20%||This city imposes a combined sales tax rate of 6.85% on its citizens. Additionally, residents are required to pay a RAP tax at the rate of 0.1%. The city also has a municipal energy tax rate of 6.0%, a transient room tax at 5.75%, and a leasing tax at 7.5%.||State Tax Commission|
|Business Licensing||23||35%||This city charges the following licensing fees: $50 for a home occupation license; $124 for a small commercial license; $3580 for a large commercial license; $260 for a temporary firework stand; $260 for a temporary christmas tree lot.||City Fee Schedule|
|Commerce Regulations||11||10%||In Murray, secondhand dealers must close between 10pm and 7am. Commercial uses of residential property must be closed from 10pm to 7am.||5-24-080|