The 2015 Utah's Freest Cities Ranking

Centerville (8/50)(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 (21/50)

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

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Code Accessiblity4710%This city's laws are available online, but not in a searchable format.PDF document format (some files not searchable including the criminal code)
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.8-02-150
, Davis County regulation
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 Centerville 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 $1,000.1-05-010, 1-05-020(a), 1-05-020(b)
Gun Regulation815%Under authority granted from state law, Centerville has chosen to regulate the discharge of firearms in city limits; however, the city's law does make an exception for self-defense.13-03-060(c), 13-03-060(d)(1)

Private Property (9/50)

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

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Conditional Use Permit Fees2810%The cost of a conditional use permit is $150 for home occupation and $300 for all others.Fee Schedule
Home Building Fees510%The total cost of permit fees for building a typical single family home is $3,629. This includes $2,200 in permit fees, $1,179 in impact fees, $250 in site plan approval fees, and no plan check fees.Per city staff
Animal Restrictions1215%Chickens are permitted in at least one residential zone with a $10 permit. Beehives are permitted in residential zones without a permit. Assuming a lot size of 0.15 acres, this city only allows you to have 3 dogs, allows 10 chickens, and no beehives.6-12-060 (Davis County interlocal agreement), 12-55-240, Website
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
Taxes & Cost of Government1230%The cost of government in Centerville as a share of the total taxable economic base is $64 per $10,000. As a share of total personal income, the cost is $254 per $10,000. On a per capita basis, the cost is $522. The city gets 23% of its tax revenue from property taxes, 37% of its tax revenue from sales tax, and 39% from other sources including fees and fines.City Financial Statements
Bonded Debt1615%The city does not have any general obligation debt. However, if counting revenue bonds, the city's debt limit utilization would be 5.60%.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 (11/50)

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

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
City-owned Enterprises1315%This city owns 2 enterprises that could instead be offered by the private market: a redevelopment agency; a non-historical museum; City Financial Statements
Beer Sale Restrictions2110%This city regulates the retail sale of beer by prohibiting sales from 1 am to 7 am.6-04-080(j)
Alcohol Licensing1310%The city requires $200 for a retail beer license, $300 for a restaurant license, and $300 for a tavern license.City Fee Schedule
Sales Tax2020%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 4.25%, and a leasing tax at 7.5%.State Tax Commission
Business Licensing1535%This city charges the following licensing fees: $40 for a home occupation license; $106 for a small commercial license; $2620 for a large commercial license; $225 for a temporary firework stand; $225 for a temporary christmas tree lot.City Fee Schedule
Commerce Regulations310%Centerville has no laws arbitrarily requiring businesses to close on certain hours or days.12-62-040(d)

City Data

Overall Ranking: 8/50

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Year incorporated: 1915
Population (2010): 15,335
FoG: Six-member Council

County: Davis
Class: 4
Cluster: C

MHI: $75,524.00

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