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.
|Code Accessiblity||47||10%||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 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.|
|Daytime Curfew||1||10%||This city does not impose a daytime curfew on minors.|
|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.||8-02-150|
8-03-150, 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||1||10%||The city does not include any specific loitering laws in its code.|
|Violation of Ordinances||11||10%||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 Regulation||8||15%||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.
|Conditional Use Permit Fees||28||10%||The cost of a conditional use permit is $150 for home occupation and $300 for all others.||Fee Schedule|
|Home Building Fees||5||10%||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 Restrictions||12||15%||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 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.||Per city staff|
|Taxes & Cost of Government||12||30%||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 Debt||16||15%||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|
|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 (11/50)
The final category includes 35 different data points in an effort to review Centerville'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 non-historical museum;||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.||6-04-080(j)|
|Alcohol Licensing||13||10%||The city requires $200 for a retail beer license, $300 for a restaurant license, and $300 for a tavern license.||City Fee Schedule|
|Sales Tax||20||20%||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 Licensing||15||35%||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 Regulations||3||10%||Centerville has no laws arbitrarily requiring businesses to close on certain hours or days.||12-62-040(d)|