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 every other year. This report is finalized around the month of June.

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


2020 Cost of City Government

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2015 Cost of County Governments Report

This report shows the relationship between county government revenue and citizen income in Utah’s 29 counties. This data provides a snapshot of on average how much of each thousand dollars earned by a citizen is consumed by the county government in Utah.