The 2015 Utah's Freest Cities Ranking

Hurricane (26/50)(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 (17/50)

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

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Code Accessiblity110%This city uses an online, easily navigable and searchable database for its city laws.Sterling Codifiers database
Dog Licensing1010%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 $22.Fee schedule
Free Speech3015%This city requires a permit to stage a protest on public property, but does not require a fee.Special Event Permit
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.7-6-2(B), 4-7-5
Campaign Contribution Limits110%This city does not regulate free speech by imposing a limit on campaign contributions for city elections
Loitering110%Loitering is related to trespass only.5-3-2
Violation of Ordinances1110%While some ordinances may impose a specific penalty, in Hurricane 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 $1,000.1-4-1(a), 1-4-1(d)
Gun Regulation2915%Under authority granted from state law, Hurricane 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 parks is prohibited (provision goes beyond authority of state code).
5-3-3(b), 5-3-3(c)(4), 7-6-2(k)

Private Property (36/50)

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

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Conditional Use Permit Fees2010%The cost of a conditional use permit is $250.Fee Schedule
Home Building Fees4310%The total cost of permit fees for building a typical single family home is $11,756. This includes $1,834 in permit fees, $9,922 in impact fees, no site plan approval fees, and no plan check fees.Per city staff
Animal Restrictions815%Chickens are permitted in at least one residential zone. Beehives are permitted in residential zones with a $250 city permit. Assuming a lot size of 0.15 acres, this city only allows you to have 4 dogs, allows 3 chickens, and no beehives.5-2-3, 10-37-16, 10-13-3
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.3-9-3
Taxes & Cost of Government4230%The cost of government in Hurricane as a share of the total taxable economic base is $100 per $10,000. As a share of total personal income, the cost is $533 per $10,000. On a per capita basis, the cost is $708. The city gets 27% of its tax revenue from property taxes, 26% of its tax revenue from sales tax, and 47% from other sources including fees and fines.City Financial Statements
Bonded Debt2415%The city does not have any general obligation debt. However, if counting revenue bonds, the city's debt limit utilization would be 7.51%.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 (23/50)

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

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
City-owned Enterprises4115%This city owns 6 enterprises that could instead be offered by the private market: a redevelopment agency; an electric power company; a garbage collection service; a recycling service; a golf course; a fitness center; City Financial Statements
Beer Sale Restrictions2110%This city regulates the retail sale of beer by prohibiting sales from 12 am to 6 am.3-2-10
Alcohol Licensing3310%The city requires $350 for a retail beer license, $350 for a restaurant license, and $350 for a tavern license.City Fee Schedule
Sales Tax1020%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 5.25%, and a leasing tax at 7.5%.State Tax Commission
Business Licensing935%This city charges the following licensing fees: $25 for a home occupation license; $125 for a small commercial license; $125 for a large commercial license; $125 for a temporary firework stand; $125 for a temporary christmas tree lot; and $150 for two solicitor licenses.City Fee Schedule
Commerce Regulations3310%In Hurricane, dance halls must close between midnight and 6am (or 1am to 6am Sunday night-Monday morning).3-11-3(a)

City Data

Overall Ranking: 26/50

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Year incorporated: 1912
Population (2010): 13,748
FoG: Six-member Council

County: Washington
Class: 4
Cluster: B

MHI: $46,635.00

Best Score

Code Accessiblity

Worst Score

Home Building Fees