The Utah Taxpayers Association calculates how much residents pay in taxes and fees to cities. We look at the top 50 cities in Utah by population to determine how much a city collects in taxes and fees, then calculate the cost paid by residents by each $1,000 earned, as well as per capita. 

We use data from the State Auditor’s office, the Census Bureau, and each city’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. This report is released in June or July each year.

To request a hard copy of the most recent Cost of City Government report, email