The 2015 Utah's Freest Cities Ranking

Murray (22/50)(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 (2/50)

This category compiles scores on 17 different data points to determine how well Murray 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 Licensing110%Depending on whether the dog is fixed or not and the length of the license you purchase, licensing fees for each dog ranges from $5. to $5.Link
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 Regulation110%This city does not impose additional regulations on public alcohol consumption beyond state law. However, smoking is prohibited in certain outdoor areas.12-24-220
, 8-20-040
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.9-19-010(c)
Violation of Ordinances1110%While some ordinances may impose a specific penalty, in Murray 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 $1,000.1-12-020(b), 1-12-020
Gun Regulation2515%Under authority granted from state law, Murray has chosen to regulate the discharge of firearms in city limits; however, the city's law does make an exception for self-defense. The code also has additional provisions regulating firearms. This includes:
• The manufacture of firearms is prohibited in M-G zones.
9-18-010, 17-152-030

Private Property (35/50)

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

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Conditional Use Permit Fees2810%The cost of a conditional use permit is $300.Permit application
Home Building Fees1610%The total cost of permit fees for building a typical single family home is $6,820. This includes $1,841 in permit fees, $4,059 in impact fees, $920 in site plan approval fees, and no plan check fees.Per city staff
Animal Restrictions4215%Chickens are permitted in at least one residential zone. Beehives are not permitted in residential zones. Assuming a lot size of 0.15 acres, this city only allows you to have 2 dogs, allows 0 chickens, and no beehives.6-04-010, 17-152-030, Per city staff (not a permitted use)
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.17.112.020 ("BED AND BREAKFAST HOMESTAY"’Murray's term used for short-term rentals’not listed as a permitted use)
Taxes & Cost of Government3530%The cost of government in Murray as a share of the total taxable economic base is $83 per $10,000. As a share of total personal income, the cost is $393 per $10,000. On a per capita basis, the cost is $749. The city gets 36% of its tax revenue from property taxes, 28% of its tax revenue from sales tax, and 35% from other sources including fees and fines.City Financial Statements
Bonded Debt1415%The city does not have any general obligation debt. However, if counting revenue bonds, the city's debt limit utilization would be 4.92%.City Financial Statements
Lobbying365%During the past two years, Murray has spent an average of $25,000 each year to hire lobbyists to represent the city.Per Records Request

This city also has restrictive land use ordinances that violate property rights.

Free Enterprise (35/50)

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

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
City-owned Enterprises3015%This city owns 4 enterprises that could instead be offered by the private market: a redevelopment agency; an electric power company; a golf course; a theater; City Financial Statements
Beer Sale Restrictions2110%This city regulates the retail sale of beer by prohibiting sales from 1 am to 7 am.5-12-250(C)
Alcohol Licensing3510%The city requires $200 for a retail beer license, $500 for a restaurant license, and $500 for a tavern license.City Fee Schedule
Sales Tax4120%This city imposes a combined sales tax rate of 6.85% 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 5.75%, and a leasing tax at 7.5%.State Tax Commission
Business Licensing2335%This city charges the following licensing fees: $50 for a home occupation license; $124 for a small commercial license; $3580 for a large commercial license; $260 for a temporary firework stand; $260 for a temporary christmas tree lot.City Fee Schedule
Commerce Regulations1110%In Murray, secondhand dealers must close between 10pm and 7am. Commercial uses of residential property must be closed from 10pm to 7am.5-24-080

City Data

Overall Ranking: 22/50

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Year incorporated: 1903
Population (2010): 46,746
FoG: Council-Mayor

County: Salt Lake
Class: 3
Cluster: A

MHI: $54,405.00

Best Score

Dog Licensing

Worst Score

Animal Restrictions