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It is required that anyone engaged in business in Kaysville City obtain a city business license, with the exception of those qualifying as Minor Home Businesses. Utah State requires that all businesses operating in Utah be registered with the Department of Commerce and licensed with a city or county in the state.
Counties have jurisdiction over the unincorporated areas of the county. If your business is in an unincorporated area, you should contact Davis County.
When the Kaysville City Hall was built in 1985-1986, the population of Kaysville was between 10,000 – 13,000. A new building was needed as city administration had outgrown the 7,000 square foot building that fronts Main Street (the “Old Library”). The new Kaysville City Hall was 10,000 square feet – a modest improvement, but only designed to meet the immediate needs of the city.
As the population has grown to 31,000, city services have increased. Over the years, the administration has “made due,” undergoing several small remodels to make room for necessary staff space, resulting in diminished storage and meeting space. City Council Chambers were no longer able to be rented out when a small kitchen was removed to house the Building Department. Recently, even more space was carved out for office space, decreasing ability of residents to attend important meetings. Hallways are being used for storage. The HVAC system is original to the building, and has given out on hot summer days during large meetings.
Seeing the handwriting on the wall, in 2015, the city council authorized a spatial needs assessment which evaluated the needs for every department and every building. (See the finalized report here.) To accommodate city services through build out – up to 45,000 residents – 20,000 square feet of space for offices, storage, and meeting space is recommended.
The estimated cost for the building remodel will be between $4M and $5M, but the true cost won’t be known until the final plan is developed.
Will taxes go up? Not specifically for this project. However, Kaysville City Council has committed to holding a Truth in Taxation hearing every year, not only for transparency, but also to capture the increase of property values WITHOUT raising the property tax rate. The overall cost of Kaysville taxes may increase slightly year over year, but it will prevent the dramatic leaps that occur when Truth in Taxation is held only sporadically.
Because of the Truth in Taxation process held last year, there was an increase of $200,000 in property taxes, or roughly the yearly payment for a $4M bond over 20 years. The committee is working hard to keep costs down while still creating a building to meet the needs of the city for the long term.
Originally, the Facilities Master Plan recommended that the Old Library be repurposed to house staff. Although adding more square footage was recommended, the council decided to opt for a less expensive remodel in February 2017. Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent that the building was not structurally sound (see structural engineer’s report here).
In 2018, the city council once again took up the issue. After a lengthy public process, council pivoted away from investing money in the troubled building, and looked to add needed space at the current Kaysville City Hall.
The Old Library is currently being evaluated by the Kaysville-Fruit Heights Museum Committee 501 c (3) as a potential home. There are no plans to tear it down.
Although Kaysville is becoming a digital society, much of the work done by city staff is one-on-one helping residents. That is not projected to change.
Kaysville City runs lean. Staff are cross-trained to perform other tasks that might not necessarily be “their job.” Answering phones, moving equipment, preparing for events, cleaning up after events, meeting with residents – Kaysville employees do it all!
Having staff on site is a better value for residents.
When the Police Station was built in 2014, it was designed to meet the needs of the department through build out. There currently is excess capacity.
In order to have a secure facility, anyone who passes back into the "Employee- Only" are is required to be fingerprinted. This does not lend itself to working with people one-on-one the same way the Building Department, the Community Development Department, and Billing do.
It would be a short-term solution at best, and not convenient for residents.
The authorized representatives for the citizens – the city council – will vote on this issue. To put it on the ballot would indicate that this is an optional remodel, however, it is necessary to the proper functioning of the city.
Call the Building Department at (801) 544-1363. Open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except on holidays.
Any addition of, removal of, or alteration to:
There are many residents in Kaysville who are not satisfied with the available speeds and provider choices for internet. Future technology will demand better internet infrastructure than what we currently have. In order to future proof our city, fiber internet is the only realistic choice. Even if you have internet you're happy with right now, fiber internet could end up costing less and giving you higher speeds, more reliability, and more choices for providers.
Our Three main choices are:
5G is a much-hyped, poorly understood technology. The telco companies (Verizon, AT&T,etc) would have you believe that 5G will make it so you don't need a wired connection at all. But 5G is nothing more than fixed wireless, which is a technology we already have available (Rise, etc) and will still be subject to line of sight and interference, just like we deal with now. Even though it will be faster than what we have available, it won't be anywhere near as fast as fiber but will still be more expensive per month on average. Not to mention the fact that we're trying to move away from being limited to just one or two service provider choices, which is all we would have with 5G. Even though phones will start being marketed as "5G capable" in the next year or so, there won't be any 5G infrastructure to run them on for many years after that in Kaysville. 5G may look enticing, but fiber is the real deal - and it's available NOW. Fiber will cost less and provide more speed, higher reliability, and more choices of providers.
There isn't any technology better or faster than fiber optic technology. Fiber is hands-down the fastest, most reliable, most future-proof thing there is for internet and communications. Nothing else even comes close, including 5G. The chances of our investment being uprooted by a different technology are next to zero. Despite having to lay the fiber in the ground, which is not as invasive a process as you might think, fiber will provide the best experience possible to residents and businesses alike. There's a reason that the entire world, including many of our neighboring cities, are standardizing on fiber internet to the home.
Fiber, or fiber optic line, is actually a thin strand of glass that is stretched to great length and can conduct light similar to the way a wire conducts energy. The light that flows through the glass fiber carries data. A powerful advantage to fiber is that this light travels at the speed of light—making fiber the fastest available method for data delivery.
High speed, broadband data connectivity is essential for business and economic development. It is the future of digital communication and essential for the growth and success of business, government and education.
Fiber is distributed throughout the city in one of two ways. It is strung along poles with existing overhead power lines or it is buried underground, within existing or new conduits.
Yes. Kaysville City has operated a fiber optic network since 2005. We provide and maintain fiber to all city buildings and recently power substations. We do not currently have fiber in residential neighborhoods, but our fiber ring may go past your homes in our 9 mile dark fiber ring. Only a small fraction of fiber ring is in use.
Dark fiber is a strand of unlit fiber that is available for use and is not currently transmitting data.
On the first and third Thursday of each month one member of the City Council, as well as the City Manager, will be available to answer any public questions. Discussion may be related to any topic that relates to our community and the business of the city. The Council is interested in the concerns and ideas of all residents and community members.These meetings will be held at 6:00 p.m., one hour prior to the regularly scheduled City Council meetings at City Hall.
No. While a preliminary decision was made in 2016 to rehabilitate the library, additional concerns subsequently came to light that made the rehabilitation much more expensive and involved than originally anticipated. All viable options regarding the fate of the library remain valid and possibilities at this time.
Until the project decision is made and bids are produced, this is a hard question to answer. Estimates for rehabilitating the existing building have come in from $1.2M to over $3M. A new building, depending on size, would also be millions of dollars. Once a decision on the fate of the existing building is made, one of the next steps will be to move forward on bid documents for either the existing building or a new building. Once these documents are produced we will have a better idea what costs may look like.
The answer to this question is it also depends on the scope of the project. While a new building or a substantial refurbishing of the existing building are both very expensive, there may be enough in existing city revenues to make a payment on a 20-year capital investment that would take care of this project and not cause a tax increase. As decisions are made this decision too will need to be reevaluated.
One of the challenges of this project is making a decision about the library building while also taking into consideration how that decision will affect the rest of the downtown area. City leaders believe there is currently a unique opportunity to make a decision this year that will facilitate other decisions down the road – decisions that will make the downtown Kaysville block more pedestrian friendly, will meet the needs of the city, could be an economic driver for businesses, and could also save the city and its taxpaying citizens money in the long run.
As Kaysville grows, the need for additional employees grows as well. Current staffing levels have several staff members sharing office and other space. This situation can be uncomfortable and distracting to those employees. Copy rooms and break rooms have long been converted into much needed office space. A portable classroom was recently moved from Mountain High and transported to the Kaysville City Operations Center for existing employees to use that have been mostly working from their vehicles. As we look to the future, decisions today will have a major impact on the city’s ability to deliver services tomorrow. A 2015 spatial needs study showed that at build out, Kaysville City would need another 10,000 square feet of office to provide for the current level of service today. It is important to Kaysville City Officials to make a decision today that takes in to account the long term goals and needs of the city tomorrow and into the future.
Member utility companies will mark their lines at no cost. If you need the lines remarked as you continue excavating, they will be marked again at no charge. However, if you request the same area to be marked multiple times and do not excavate, the utility companies may bill you for their costs to mark the area.
Utah Law specifies that if a utility line is damaged during excavation, the excavator should immediately inform the appropriate utility owner so the line can be repaired and immediately call 911 if the damage may result in an immediate risk to human life. Refer to your local phone book or the online Utility Contact Information Lookup Page to contact a utility owner directly.If the line was marked, refer to the American Public Works Association (APWA) standard markings (see FAQ #3) to determine what kind of line it was. If the line was not marked, please do not call Blue Stakes to determine what kind of line it is. Their phone operators are not trained to identify them. If you do have the locate request assignment number (LRA), Blue Stakes can tell you which utilities were notified, but that does not necessarily mean the line belongs to one of them.
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The power department's mission is to safely provide reliable electricity with superior customer service at a competitive price to the residents and businesses in Kaysville City. All of its decisions are measured against those objectives. Certain metrics are useful in measuring this objective, such as the billing impact of investment decisions, the price of power in Kaysville compared to others in the State, and quality, service, and safety benefits derived from any particular investment decision.
Impact fees are included in the rate calculations as a reduction to the revenue requirement to be borne by all electrical users. As such, these costs are not collected from all customers.
Although population growth results in an increase in total power demand and associated costs, those incremental costs are offset by incremental revenue from new customers and the net impact should be neutral in power rates.
Kaysville City can currently provide safe and reliable service at lower rates (approximately 15%) than those offered to Rocky Mountain Power customers. As a municipal utility, Kaysville City does not collect a return on capital for investors and is not subject to income taxes. These two items alone provide a significant cost benefit when compared to an investor owned utility. In addition, Kaysville City is a participant in UAMPS projects with other municipal utilities, an arrangement that provides leverage to maximize efficiency and scale in the electric generation and transmission markets.
Through mutual aid agreements with the UAMPS (Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems) organization and the IPSA (Intermountain Power Superintendents Association) organization Kaysville City has access to the resources, material, equipment, and man power from a multistate area. They also can request assistance from local contract companies.
Utah’s “Truth in Taxation” laws were passed in 1985. Utah’s “Truth in Taxation” laws are revenue-driven. That means the requirement to hold a “Truth in Taxation” hearing is based upon the collections of a taxing entity, not the rate charged. Utah law requires “Truth in Taxation” hearings to be held when a taxing entity elects to collect more revenue than was collected the previous year, although the entities are permitted to keep revenues generated by “new growth”—such as value added from a new subdivision or a new business.
The determination that a property tax increase is being proposed is made by the Tax Commission’s Property Tax Division. The certified tax rate—established by the Property Tax Division, is that rate which will yield the taxing entity the SAME property tax revenue that it collected in the previous year (and includes an allowance for revenue generated from real new growth in its tax base). That determination is based on a comparison of an entity’s proposed tax rate with its certified tax rate. (http://propertytax.utah.gov/about/truth.html)
City A collects $1.2 million in taxes during Year 1. A new subdivision is constructed during the year. In Year 2, a certified rate will be set to permit City A to collect $1.2 million, plus additional revenues from the new growth. Revenues collected in Year 2 are $1.5 million. In Year 3, City A will be given a certified rate permitting it to collect $1.5 million. But in Year 3, it only collects $1.1 million because of an economic downturn and some individuals & property owners didn’t pay their property taxes. In Year 4, City A is given a certified rate that permits it to collect only $1.1 million, plus any growth.
Since the process is “revenue driven” and not “rate driven,” it only allows for an increase in taxes to provide for inflationary growth through the “truth in taxation” and public hearing process.
Residential: Residential property taxes are calculated allowing the owner a 45% exemption of their home value. The remaining 55% of the home value is taxed at the approved property tax rate.
If you were to live in a home valued at $250,000 in Davis County, you would pay the following City property taxes:
Commercial: Commercial property is not allowed the 45% exemption as residential property. So, if you owned a commercial property valued at $250,000 in Davis County, you would pay the following City property taxes:
Rates for Clearfield & W Point adjusted for N. Davis Fire District Rates for Bountiful, Centerville, North Salt Lake, West Bountiful, & Woods Cross adjusted for So. Davis Recreation District and South Davis Metro Fire District.
Kaysville City’s 2017 Property Tax Rate is 0.001589. This is in the lower portion of the property tax rates in Davis County.
Rates for Clearfield & W Point adjusted by .001182 due to N. Davis Fire District. Rates for Bountiful, Centerville, North Salt Lake, West Bountiful, & Woods Cross adjusted by .000279 due to So. Davis Recreation District and .000368 for the South Davis Metro Fire District.
Based on the State Tax Commission’s 2017 Certified Tax Rate Revenue, Kaysville City’s Property Tax Per-Capita is at $91. W Bountiful at $263 leads the County and West Point is the lowest in Davis County at $43.
Population used to compute per capita based on 2016 Projection of Census Based on the State Tax Commissions’ Certified Tax Rate Revenue. Certified Tax Rate Revenue not adjusted for N. Davis Fire District or So. Davis Recreation District and So.Davis Metro Fire.
As a resident of Kaysville City, your property taxes go to:
Approximately 13% of your total property taxes go to Kaysville City.
A home valued at $250,000 pays about $1,679 in property taxes. Of this only $218 goes to the City. The remaining is distributed to Davis School District ($1,042), Davis County ($303), and various Special Districts ($116).
As a result of Kaysville being a bedroom community, 85% of the property values are residential. Consequently, the majority of the property taxes are collected from residential properties (85%). Commercial property taxes are 11% of the taxes collected.
In FY 2017, Kaysville City collected $3,149,159.
Your property taxes are used in the general fund for such services as:
You can pay your bill at the City Hall location 23 E Center Street. Or you can pay online. Click here to pay online