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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:
Kaysville Fiber is infrastructure the city is considering extending to every home and business. This fiber infrastructure will be a public utility, such as water, trash collection or roads, which every resident needs and benefits from. The City will build, own and maintain the infrastructure, while private companies will provide free basic internet service to all households. Private providers will also offer a wide variety of internet services and packages for an additional fee.
Our fiber network will be an “open access network,” meaning internet services providers (like Comcast, or CenturyLink) will be able to use our fiber infrastructure to provide their own connected services.
Other City services will be made possible with the installation of this infrastructure, which are necessary for the City to operate more efficiently in today’s modern society and tomorrow’s future.
The City is still in the exploration phase of this process; the City Council has not approved any financial or infrastructure commitments. The City wants to hear how residents feel about the fiber proposal, which we’ve named Kaysville Fiber.
Just as electricity powers millions of innovations, fiber will be the base utility that will allow for future technological breakthroughs to occur. And with our fiber network, all of Kaysville will benefit. Fiber today is what electricity was to America in the early 20th century.
The proposed system is not just about the internet; it is about having a totally connected community that allows for the advancement of the “internet of things.” Further, it will provide opportunities for the expansion of our economic base.
If approved, the City would install fiber optic cables in existing rights-of-way to every house. This includes running lateral lines from the street to every home. Once each phase is complete and turned on, you will start getting basic guaranteed access to the internet at no cost to you. If you want additional services or faster speeds beyond basic service, you can contact a preferred internet service provider and subscribe to a more robust plan. Installation of the entire system is expected to take about three years. Construction will occur in phases, with sections being turned on as they are completed.
No. The City will only install the fiber infrastructure for use by private internet service providers. This will expand the number of ISP options residents have from one or two in some parts of town to ten or more. This will make things more competitive and residents will benefit.
The City will contract with a private company to provide the basic internet service for every home and business.
This will be your fiber network. You will get to decide how its managed and what services are provided now and in the future. In essence, all Kaysville residents will be shareholders in the network. Revenues will be reinvested into the network and thus the community. Far-off corporate CEOs will not benefit from your investment. Costs will be lower than other services. Kaysville Power, a similar utility, saves residents 13% over power costs in neighboring cities. It’s anticipated that we will see similar savings for Kaysville Fiber.
No. The proposed network will have financial efficiencies that may yield positive net revenues to the City, which would be used to pay off installation costs and ensure the system is well-maintained.
The City has engaged independent professional fiber optic technical experts that have been instrumental in supporting many of the nation’s most successful municipal fiber programs. These firms are working independently and cross-checking each other’s work to ensure the system will be reliable and sustainable.
Yes. The City has exhausted all available options, including doing nothing, facilitating private ownership, exploring public-private partnerships, and considering various other network deployment options. The present proposal was identified as not only a viable path forward, but a compelling way for both residents and City operations to benefit.
Construction of the network will be accomplished by private contractors engaged by the City through a competitive RFP process.
Yes. The proposed fiber optic network complies with all Municipal and State statutes.
The City will hire a private firm through a competitive procurement process to operate and maintain the network. This team will have the expertise and core competencies to run a carrier class network in a financially efficient manner.
There are many examples of successful fiber optic deployments by cities. The utility model is the next step in the evolution of successful municipal networks.
There are many examples of successful municipal fiber optic networks. We are no longer in the pioneering days of fiber optic deployment. The proposed utility model is based on industry best practices and has been thoroughly assessed to ensure it is the best model for Kaysville. This will ensure that the network will implement all lessons from the past. In addition, the proposed utility model is similar to the existing method we use to run our streets, storm drainage, water and power systems.
Ammon, ID; Powell, WY; Chattanooga, TN; Cleveland, OH; and Sandy, OR; are just a few.
No, the City believes the deployment of the fiber optic system will provide opportunities for residents, while assisting with many of the City’s crucial functions, such as encouraging economic development, parks and recreation, and facilitating water and power metering. Additionally, the utility model will be self-funded and will not affect funding for other city operations.
In many parts of Kaysville, residents have access to just one or two internet service providers. By laying the fiber network ourselves and allowing any ISP to use it, Kaysville City creates an open access network that gives every resident or business access to every ISP wanting to provide service. More ISPs means more competition, which should lead to more competitive prices or internet speeds.
Additionally, the City expects many ISPs will find value using newer lines that they don’t have to manage and will want to make the switch eventually, even if they already have lines in place.
Construction of the Kaysville Fiber system is estimated to cost $26 million. This includes end-to-end construction, construction management, testing, and assuring the network operates as designed.
Because this would be a utility, residents would start seeing a fiber fee in their monthly City utility bill as soon as the infrastructure is complete, and service is available. The monthly fee estimate right now is $12.43 per household. The monthly business fee is $21.50. Only Businesses with a brick and mortar location will pay the business fee.
In addition to revenue from user fees, the City plans to earn revenue by leasing use of the fiber network to other entities.
The numbers in our financial model are very conservative. The proposed fee structure will cover the costs of construction, refreshing network hardware, and ongoing operational and maintenance requirements to run the network for the foreseeable future.
Since the advent of the internet, price elasticity has remained steady or grown as cost and bandwidth consumption grows exponentially. Historically, even when prices have remained substantially the same, significantly more bandwidth has been provided.
The fiber utility fee will guarantee every home or business a basic level of internet service – enough speed for checking email or web-browsing. All residents and businesses will also have the option to pay for faster speeds through their internet service provider, just as they do now.
We are working to make sure the utility fee is as low as possible and affordable for most residents. The City will allow residents to apply for a hardship credit based on specific criteria.
The fiber utility fee will apply to all households and businesses. However, we are seeing incumbent service providers drop their prices up to $15 a month, simply because the City is exploring the fiber option. Reduced rates are expected to be a significant benefit that residents and businesses will find attractive.
Fiber optics were first installed in the late 1970s and have proven to be durable and expandable. Today’s fiber optics can accommodate the entire wireless spectrum more than 1,000 times over and fiber’s total capacity is not yet known. Whether it’s 4G, 5G, 16G or any other technology, fiber is the backbone infrastructure required for them all. Fiber today is what electricity was at the turn of the 20th century; it is the foundation that enables and encourages innovation. Fiber infrastructure will set up Kaysville beautifully to incorporate new technologies, like 5G, as they come online. Additionally, the City is in this for the long haul; we don’t intend to walk away. The City will maintain the system to ensure it remains up-to-date.
Fiber has become critical baseline infrastructure required for success in the 21st century. Just as electricity revolutionized Kaysville in 1908 when the City purchased the existing power network from a failing private enterprise and started delivering service, fiber is now essential for a connected economy and community. In 1908, Kaysville’s only focus was to keep the lights on for residents; City leaders at the time had no idea how electricity would be used 100 years later. As we all know, electric power is now an indispensable commodity integral to the success of our entire community. The success of Kaysville residents and businesses relies on great connectivity to the world and emerging markets.
Most consumers do not require a gigabit connection today, although bandwidth usage trends from the beginning of the Internet in the 1980s to today strongly indicates that every home will require a gigabit connection by the year 2030, just 11 years from now. Fast and expansive networks require fiber optics and fiber optic deployments will enable quality of life opportunities, economic development, healthcare advancements, and improved educational opportunities.
With fiber to every home, the Kaysville Fiber system will allow for a gigabit of speed in every home. The speed you actually receive will be based upon the level of service you sign up for and what your own internal hardware will accommodate.
In our Citywide survey on this issue, more than 82% of residents said they want the City to help bring better quality and faster Internet speeds to Kaysville. That response strongly indicates that current needs are not being meet
Different groups of people will benefit in different ways. For example:
The proposed fiber optic network and associated business model will enable every household and business to benefit financially from enhanced competition and lower costs. In addition, residents will experience quality-of-life advancements in education, healthcare and City services. The network will also promote many economic advancements.
Yes, in some cases, although disruptions will be minor and short in duration. The entire fiber installation will take less than three years and will be coordinated with other road and utility construction, if required. The City will install fiber along power rights-of-way, some of which are buried, while others are on above-ground power poles.
Because fiber is essential for every home, the City is eager to install it sooner rather than later to avoid higher costs and more road cuts in the future. Additionally, putting in a system that most ISPs can use will eliminate these same ISPs from cutting into the roads for their own infrastructure.
The construction and deployment of the fiber optic network does not require voter approval. Just like any other essential City service, such as roads, bridges and parks, the City Council will assess the situation, listen to public feedback and then make a decision as Kaysville’s elected representatives.
The great thing about the network is that, if you prefer, you can stick with your current contract. As with all residents and businesses, users of other services will still benefit because the competitive nature of the network will induce better pricing from all providers.
Yes, the City will contract with an installer to extend fiber to all households.
To install the system, a City contractor will need to run network lines into your house, which require your permission. If you do not want the line extended to your house, the line ill run from the road to the edge of, but not onto, your property. You will still be obligated to pay the utility fee, even if you choose not to take advantage of the utility.
To opt back in, a line will be extended to your house and you will be charged a connection fee.
HOA rules and contracts differ from place to place, meaning that fiber installation and service must be determined on a case-by-case basis. Simply put, there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to HOA.
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 2018 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 2018 Certified Tax Rate Revenue, Kaysville City’s Property Tax Per-Capita is at $103. W Bountiful at $269 leads the County and West Point is the lowest in Davis County at $45.
Population used to compute per capita based on 2018 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 14% of your total property taxes go to Kaysville City.
A home valued at $250,000 pays about $1,574 in property taxes. Of this only $219 goes to the City. The remaining is distributed to Davis School District ($964), Davis County ($280), and various Special Districts ($111).
As a result of Kaysville being a bedroom community, 93% of the property values are residential. Consequently, the majority of the property taxes are collected from residential properties (85%). Commercial property taxes are 7% of the taxes collected.
In FY 2018, Kaysville City collected $3,188,421.
Your property taxes are used in the general fund for such services as:
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