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.
|Code Accessiblity||1||10%||This city uses an online, easily navigable and searchable database for its city laws.||Sterling Codifiers database|
|Dog Licensing||10||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 $10. to $22.||Fee schedule|
|Free Speech||30||15%||This city requires a permit to stage a protest on public property, but does not require a fee.||Special Event Permit|
|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.||7-6-2(B), 4-7-5|
|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%||Loitering is related to trespass only.||5-3-2|
|Violation of Ordinances||11||10%||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 Regulation||29||15%||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.
|Conditional Use Permit Fees||20||10%||The cost of a conditional use permit is $250.||Fee Schedule|
|Home Building Fees||43||10%||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 Restrictions||8||15%||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 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.||3-9-3|
|Taxes & Cost of Government||42||30%||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 Debt||24||15%||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|
|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 (23/50)
The final category includes 35 different data points in an effort to review Hurricane's protection—or violation—of the free market.
|City-owned Enterprises||41||15%||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 Restrictions||21||10%||This city regulates the retail sale of beer by prohibiting sales from 12 am to 6 am.||3-2-10|
|Alcohol Licensing||33||10%||The city requires $350 for a retail beer license, $350 for a restaurant license, and $350 for a tavern license.||City Fee Schedule|
|Sales Tax||10||20%||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 Licensing||9||35%||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 Regulations||33||10%||In Hurricane, dance halls must close between midnight and 6am (or 1am to 6am Sunday night-Monday morning).||3-11-3(a)|