Tooele (7/50)(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 (3/50)
This category compiles scores on 17 different data points to determine how well Tooele 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||8||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 $20.||Link|
|Free Speech||1||15%||This city does not require a permit to stage a protest on public property.|
|Daytime Curfew||1||10%||This city does not impose a daytime curfew on minors.|
|Vice Regulation||1||10%||This city does not impose additional regulations on public alcohol consumption beyond state law. However, smoking is prohibited in certain outdoor areas.||DABC, 8-15|
|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%||The city does not include any specific loitering laws in its code.|
|Violation of Ordinances||11||10%||While some ordinances may impose a specific penalty, in Tooele 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.|
|Gun Regulation||8||15%||Under authority granted from state law, Tooele has chosen to regulate the discharge of firearms in city limits; however, the city's law does make an exception for self-defense.||11-1-5|
Private Property (25/50)
63 different data points are included in this category to discern the degree to which Tooele respects and protects private property rights.
|Conditional Use Permit Fees||6||10%||The cost of a conditional use permit is $75. Additionally, the city may charge a fee of $50 for appeals.||Fee Schedule|
|Home Building Fees||17||10%||The total cost of permit fees for building a typical single family home is $6,970. This includes $2,480 in permit fees, $3,990 in impact fees, $500 in site plan approval fees, and no plan check fees.||Per city staff|
|Animal Restrictions||25||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 no beehives.||6-3-1(7), 7-14-9(2), 7-14-10|
|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||27||30%||The cost of government in Tooele as a share of the total taxable economic base is $89 per $10,000. As a share of total personal income, the cost is $336 per $10,000. On a per capita basis, the cost is $485. The city gets 32% of its tax revenue from property taxes, 30% of its tax revenue from sales tax, and 37% from other sources including fees and fines.||City Financial Statements|
|Bonded Debt||37||15%||The city does not have any general obligation debt. However, if counting revenue bonds, the city's debt limit utilization would be 15.19%.||City Financial Statements|
|Lobbying||41||5%||During the past two years, Tooele has spent an average of $48,180 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 (6/50)
The final category includes 35 different data points in an effort to review Tooele's protection—or violation—of the free market.
|City-owned Enterprises||22||15%||This city owns 3 enterprises that could instead be offered by the private market: a redevelopment agency; a golf course; a water park;||City Financial Statements|
|Beer Sale Restrictions||21||10%||This city regulates the retail sale of beer by prohibiting sales from 1am to 7am.||5-20-36|
|Alcohol Licensing||8||10%||The city requires $200 for a retail beer license, $200 for a restaurant license, and $200 for a tavern license.||City Fee Schedule|
|Sales Tax||4||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 4.5%, and a leasing tax at 0.0%.||State Tax Commission|
|Business Licensing||2||35%||This city charges the following licensing fees: $40 for a home occupation license; $52 for a small commercial license; $1000 for a large commercial license; $40 for a temporary firework stand; $40 for a temporary christmas tree lot; and $60 for two solicitor licenses.||City Fee Schedule|
|Commerce Regulations||11||10%||In Tooele, pawn shops must close from 7pm to 7am.||5-10-9, 9.1.17|