The Utah Taxpayers Association calculates how much residents pay in taxes and fees to counties. We look at how much a county 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 county’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. This report is released every other year. This report is finalized around the 1st of December.

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2021 Cost of County Government



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2016 Cost of City Government Report

REPORT: UTAH CITIES TAKE $564 PER PERSON ANNUALLY Utah Taxpayers Association Cost of City Governments Report finds Salt Lake City and South Salt Lake to be the most expensive cities for taxpayers; Riverton and Taylorsville the least expensive. The Utah Taxpayers...

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.