Payson (28/50)(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 (33/50)
This category compiles scores on 17 different data points to determine how well Payson respects and protects the liberty of its citizens.
|Code Accessiblity||35||10%||This city's laws are available online and in a searchable PDF document.||PDF document format|
|Dog Licensing||33||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 $11.66 to $35.||Link|
|Free Speech||30||15%||This city requires a permit to stage a protest on public property, but does not require a fee.|
|Daytime Curfew||1||10%||This city does not impose a daytime curfew on minors.|
|Vice Regulation||34||10%||This city exceeds the regulations of state law on public consumption of alcohol by prohibiting beer in all public places. Smoking is also prohibited in certain outdoor areas.||15-2-4-9, Utah 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||31||10%||The loitering laws in this city prohibit loitering on school grounds without lawful business.||7-01-010(3)|
|Violation of Ordinances||2||10%||While some ordinances may impose a specific penalty, in Payson the default penalty for a violation of any city ordinance, if not specified, is a class C misdemeanor which carries a fine of up to $750.||1-03-040|
|Gun Regulation||8||15%||Under authority granted from state law, Payson has chosen to regulate the discharge of firearms in city limits; however, the city's law does make an exception for self-defense.||7-01-050, 7-01-50|
Private Property (33/50)
63 different data points are included in this category to discern the degree to which Payson respects and protects private property rights.
|Conditional Use Permit Fees||28||10%||The cost of a conditional use permit is $300. Additionally, the city may charge a fee of $200 for a hearing.||Permit application|
|Home Building Fees||33||10%||The total cost of permit fees for building a typical single family home is $9,208. This includes $1,834 in permit fees, $7,224 in impact fees, $150 in site plan approval fees, and no plan check fees.||Per city staff|
|Animal Restrictions||13||15%||Chickens are permitted in at least one residential zone. Beehives are permitted in residential zones without a permit. Assuming a lot size of 0.15 acres, this city only allows you to have 2 dogs, allows 6 chickens, and does not limit the number of beehives.||6-01-240, 6-01-101|
|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 (based on non-permitted land use)|
|Taxes & Cost of Government||22||30%||The cost of government in Payson as a share of the total taxable economic base is $76 per $10,000. As a share of total personal income, the cost is $285 per $10,000. On a per capita basis, the cost is $380. The city gets 20% of its tax revenue from property taxes, 37% of its tax revenue from sales tax, and 43% from other sources including fees and fines.||City Financial Statements|
|Bonded Debt||41||15%||The city does not have any general obligation debt. However, if counting revenue bonds, the city's debt limit utilization would be 19.65%.||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 (18/50)
The final category includes 35 different data points in an effort to review Payson's protection—or violation—of the free market.
|City-owned Enterprises||35||15%||This city owns 5 enterprises that could instead be offered by the private market: a redevelopment agency; an electric power company; a garbage collection service; a golf course; a water park;||City Financial Statements|
|Beer Sale Restrictions||12||10%||This city regulates the retail sale of beer by prohibiting sales from 1 am to 6 am.||4-2-4|
|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||18||20%||This city imposes a combined sales tax rate of 6.75% on its citizens. 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||13||35%||This city charges the following licensing fees: $75 for a home occupation license; $85 for a small commercial license; $85 for a large commercial license; $40 for a temporary firework stand; $40 for a temporary christmas tree lot; and $100 for two solicitor licenses.||City Fee Schedule|
|Commerce Regulations||6||10%||In Payson, home occupations may not have visitors from 10pm to 7am. Tanning beds as a home occupation may not be used from 9pm to 7am.||19-16-3(2)(b)|