Syracuse (5/50)(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 (14/50)
This category compiles scores on 17 different data points to determine how well Syracuse 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.||Code Publishing database|
|Dog Licensing||23||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 $8.33 to $40.||6-32-010 (Davis County)|
|Free Speech||1||15%||This city does not require a permit to stage a protest on public property.||4-35-150|
|Daytime Curfew||42||10%||Syracuse is one of a handful cities in Utah that imposes a daytime curfew on minors.||12-10-020|
|Vice Regulation||13||10%||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.||4-35-040, Davis County regulation|
|Campaign Contribution Limits||1||10%||This city does not regulate free speech by imposing a limit on campaign contributions for city elections|
|Loitering||18||10%||The loitering laws in this city prohibit loitering in a public park (or the community center) and disturbing the peace or loitering in the cemetery.||4-55-060, 4-35-060, 4-60-070, 4-30-100(f)|
|Violation of Ordinances||11||10%||While some ordinances may impose a specific penalty, in Syracuse 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.||1-20-020(a)(2), 1-20-060|
|Gun Regulation||1||15%||Syracuse does not have an ordinance that specifically regulates the discharge of firearms in city limits.||12.15.010|
Private Property (12/50)
63 different data points are included in this category to discern the degree to which Syracuse respects and protects private property rights.
|Conditional Use Permit Fees||7||10%||The cost of a conditional use permit is $100. Additionally, the city may charge a fee of N/A .||Fee Schedule|
|Home Building Fees||41||10%||The total cost of permit fees for building a typical single family home is $10,796. This includes $2,201 in permit fees, $7,715 in impact fees, $880 in site plan approval fees, and no plan check fees.||Per city staff|
|Animal Restrictions||21||15%||Chickens are permitted in at least one residential zone. Beehives are permitted in residential zones with a $100 city permit. Assuming a lot size of 0.15 acres, this city only allows you to have 2 dogs, allows 6 chickens, and does not limit the number of beehives.||10-10-040, 10-30-040(H), 10-60-030|
|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.||10-30-020(E)(11)|
|Taxes & Cost of Government||11||30%||The cost of government in Syracuse as a share of the total taxable economic base is $66 per $10,000. As a share of total personal income, the cost is $236 per $10,000. On a per capita basis, the cost is $404. The city gets 21% of its tax revenue from property taxes, 29% of its tax revenue from sales tax, and 50% from other sources including fees and fines.||City Financial Statements|
|Bonded Debt||22||15%||The city does not have any general obligation debt. However, if counting revenue bonds, the city's debt limit utilization would be 6.91%.||City Financial Statements|
|Lobbying||1||5%||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 (4/50)
The final category includes 35 different data points in an effort to review Syracuse's protection—or violation—of the free market.
|City-owned Enterprises||13||15%||This city owns 2 enterprises that could instead be offered by the private market: a redevelopment agency; a fitness center;||City Financial Statements|
|Beer Sale Restrictions||1||10%||This city does not impose any day or time restrictions on the retail sale of beer.||5-20-170(E)(1)|
|Alcohol Licensing||41||10%||The city requires $200 for a retail beer license, $300 for a restaurant license, and does not permit taverns in the city.||City Fee Schedule|
|Sales Tax||5||20%||This city imposes a combined sales tax rate of 6.5% 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 Licensing||28||35%||This city charges the following licensing fees: $100 for a home occupation license; $100 for a small commercial license; $375 for a large commercial license; $50 for a temporary firework stand; $50 for a temporary christmas tree lot; and $225 for two solicitor licenses.||City Fee Schedule|
|Commerce Regulations||4||10%||Syracuse has no laws arbitrarily requiring businesses to close on certain hours or days.||5.25.350|