The 2015 Utah's Freest Cities Ranking

Woods Cross (3/50)(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 (38/50)

This category compiles scores on 17 different data points to determine how well Woods Cross 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 Licensing2310%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 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 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.8-06-190, Davis County regulation
Campaign Contribution Limits110%This city does not regulate free speech by imposing a limit on campaign contributions for city elections
Loitering3110%The loitering laws in this city prohibit loitering on school grounds without lawful business.13-06-090(3)
Violation of Ordinances1110%While some ordinances may impose a specific penalty, in Woods Cross 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, Woods Cross 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 in a park is prohibited.
• Minors are prohibited from handling firearms.
13-06-110(a), 8-06-090, 13-06-110(c)

Private Property (2/50)

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

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Conditional Use Permit Fees410%The cost of a conditional use permit is $50.Permit application
Home Building Fees2710%The total cost of permit fees for building a typical single family home is $8,564. This includes $1,834 in permit fees, $6,230 in impact fees, $500 in site plan approval fees, and no plan check fees.Per city staff
Animal Restrictions1615%Chickens are permitted in at least one residential zone with a $5 permit. Beehives are permitted in residential zones with a $50 city permit. Assuming a lot size of 0.15 acres, this city only allows you to have 3 dogs, allows 10 chickens, and 2 beehives.Per city staff, 12-21-118, 12-21-119
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.
Taxes & Cost of Government630%The cost of government in Woods Cross as a share of the total taxable economic base is $56 per $10,000. As a share of total personal income, the cost is $262 per $10,000. On a per capita basis, the cost is $399. The city gets 24% of its tax revenue from property taxes, 47% of its tax revenue from sales tax, and 29% from other sources including fees and fines.City Financial Statements
Bonded Debt1515%The city does not have any general obligation debt. However, if counting revenue bonds, the city's debt limit utilization would be 5.59%.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 (1/50)

The final category includes 35 different data points in an effort to review Woods Cross'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 Restrictions2110%This city regulates the retail sale of beer by prohibiting sales from 1 am to 7 am.6-09-040
Alcohol Licensing210%The city requires $100 for a retail beer license, $150 for a restaurant license, and $150 for a tavern license.City Fee Schedule
Sales Tax2420%This city imposes a combined sales tax rate of 6.6% 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 5.25%, and a leasing tax at 7.5%.State Tax Commission
Business Licensing135%This city charges the following licensing fees: $25 for a home occupation license; $50 for a small commercial license; $50 for a large commercial license; $25 for a temporary firework stand; $25 for a temporary christmas tree lot; and $50 for two solicitor licenses.City Fee Schedule
Commerce Regulations610%In Woods Cross, businesses may not permit minors to remain between midnight and 5am.13-06-020

City Data

Overall Ranking: 3/50

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Year incorporated: 1935
Population (2010): 9,761
FoG: Six-member Council

County: Davis
Class: 5
Cluster: F

MHI: $70,140.00

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