The 2015 Utah's Freest Cities Ranking

Tooele (7/50)(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 (3/50)

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

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Code Accessiblity3510%This city's laws are available online and in a searchable PDF document.PDF document format
Dog Licensing810%Depending on whether the dog is fixed or not and the length of the license you purchase, licensing fees for each dog ranges from $10. to $20.Link
Free Speech115%This city does not require a permit to stage a protest on public property.
Daytime Curfew110%This city does not impose a daytime curfew on minors.
Vice Regulation110%This city does not impose additional regulations on public alcohol consumption beyond state law. However, smoking is prohibited in certain outdoor areas.DABC, 8-15
Campaign Contribution Limits110%This city does not regulate free speech by imposing a limit on campaign contributions for city elections
Loitering110%The city does not include any specific loitering laws in its code.
Violation of Ordinances1110%While some ordinances may impose a specific penalty, in Tooele 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 Regulation815%Under authority granted from state law, Tooele has chosen to regulate the discharge of firearms in city limits; however, the city's law does make an exception for self-defense.11-1-5

Private Property (25/50)

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

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Conditional Use Permit Fees610%The cost of a conditional use permit is $75. Additionally, the city may charge a fee of $50 for appeals.Fee Schedule
Home Building Fees1710%The total cost of permit fees for building a typical single family home is $6,970. This includes $2,480 in permit fees, $3,990 in impact fees, $500 in site plan approval fees, and no plan check fees.Per city staff
Animal Restrictions2515%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 2 dogs, allows 6 chickens, and no beehives.6-3-1(7), 7-14-9(2), 7-14-10
Short-term Rentals1715%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.Per city staff (based on non-permitted land use)
Taxes & Cost of Government2730%The cost of government in Tooele as a share of the total taxable economic base is $89 per $10,000. As a share of total personal income, the cost is $336 per $10,000. On a per capita basis, the cost is $485. The city gets 32% of its tax revenue from property taxes, 30% of its tax revenue from sales tax, and 37% from other sources including fees and fines.City Financial Statements
Bonded Debt3715%The city does not have any general obligation debt. However, if counting revenue bonds, the city's debt limit utilization would be 15.19%.City Financial Statements
Lobbying415%During the past two years, Tooele has spent an average of $48,180 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 (6/50)

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

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
City-owned Enterprises2215%This city owns 3 enterprises that could instead be offered by the private market: a redevelopment agency; a golf course; a water park; City Financial Statements
Beer Sale Restrictions2110%This city regulates the retail sale of beer by prohibiting sales from 1am to 7am.5-20-36
Alcohol Licensing810%The city requires $200 for a retail beer license, $200 for a restaurant license, and $200 for a tavern license.City Fee Schedule
Sales Tax420%This city imposes a combined sales tax rate of 6.35% 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 4.5%, and a leasing tax at 0.0%.State Tax Commission
Business Licensing235%This city charges the following licensing fees: $40 for a home occupation license; $52 for a small commercial license; $1000 for a large commercial license; $40 for a temporary firework stand; $40 for a temporary christmas tree lot; and $60 for two solicitor licenses.City Fee Schedule
Commerce Regulations1110%In Tooele, pawn shops must close from 7pm to 7am.5-10-9, 9.1.17

City Data

Overall Ranking: 7/50

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Year incorporated: 1853
Population (2010): 31,605
FoG: Charter

County: Tooele
Class: 3
Cluster: B

MHI: $57,992.00

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