The 2015 Utah's Freest Cities Ranking

Syracuse (5/50)(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 (14/50)

This category compiles scores on 17 different data points to determine how well Syracuse 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.Code Publishing database
Dog Licensing2310%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 Speech115%This city does not require a permit to stage a protest on public property.4-35-150
Daytime Curfew4210%Syracuse is one of a handful cities in Utah that imposes a daytime curfew on minors.12-10-020
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.4-35-040, Davis County regulation
Campaign Contribution Limits110%This city does not regulate free speech by imposing a limit on campaign contributions for city elections
Loitering1810%The loitering laws in this city prohibit loitering in a public park (or the community center) and disturbing the peace or loitering in the cemetery.4-55-060, 4-35-060, 4-60-070, 4-30-100(f)
Violation of Ordinances1110%While some ordinances may impose a specific penalty, in Syracuse 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 $1,000.1-20-020(a)(2), 1-20-060
Gun Regulation115%Syracuse does not have an ordinance that specifically regulates the discharge of firearms in city limits.12.15.010

Private Property (12/50)

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

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
Conditional Use Permit Fees710%The cost of a conditional use permit is $100. Additionally, the city may charge a fee of N/A .Fee Schedule
Home Building Fees4110%The total cost of permit fees for building a typical single family home is $10,796. This includes $2,201 in permit fees, $7,715 in impact fees, $880 in site plan approval fees, and no plan check fees.Per city staff
Animal Restrictions2115%Chickens are permitted in at least one residential zone. Beehives are permitted in residential zones with a $100 city 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.10-10-040, 10-30-040(H), 10-60-030
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.10-30-020(E)(11)
Taxes & Cost of Government1130%The cost of government in Syracuse as a share of the total taxable economic base is $66 per $10,000. As a share of total personal income, the cost is $236 per $10,000. On a per capita basis, the cost is $404. The city gets 21% of its tax revenue from property taxes, 29% of its tax revenue from sales tax, and 50% from other sources including fees and fines.City Financial Statements
Bonded Debt2215%The city does not have any general obligation debt. However, if counting revenue bonds, the city's debt limit utilization would be 6.91%.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 (4/50)

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

Metric Rank Category Weight Description Reference
City-owned Enterprises1315%This city owns 2 enterprises that could instead be offered by the private market: a redevelopment agency; a fitness center; City Financial Statements
Beer Sale Restrictions110%This city does not impose any day or time restrictions on the retail sale of beer.5-20-170(E)(1)
Alcohol Licensing4110%The city requires $200 for a retail beer license, $300 for a restaurant license, and does not permit taverns in the city.City Fee Schedule
5-20-260
Sales Tax520%This city imposes a combined sales tax rate of 6.5% on its citizens. 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 Licensing2835%This city charges the following licensing fees: $100 for a home occupation license; $100 for a small commercial license; $375 for a large commercial license; $50 for a temporary firework stand; $50 for a temporary christmas tree lot; and $225 for two solicitor licenses.City Fee Schedule
Commerce Regulations410%Syracuse has no laws arbitrarily requiring businesses to close on certain hours or days.5.25.350
4.30.070(e)

City Data

Overall Ranking: 5/50

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Year incorporated: 1935
Population (2010): 24,331
FoG: Six-member Council

County: Davis
Class: 4
Cluster: C

MHI: $85,778.00

Best Score

Free Speech

Worst Score

Daytime Curfew