KAYSVILLE -- The city of Kaysville has the second-lowest government cost per person out of 30 Utah cities with populations of 20,000 or more, according to the Utah Taxpayers Association.
The association in its annual 2011 Cost of Government Report lists Kaysville as having a government cost of $404.39 per person.
The per capita cost is what the city spends to operate per resident.
The association arrives at the per capita figure by dividing total government revenue by the corresponding year's population. For instance, the 2011 report is based on 2009 total city government revenues and 2009 population figures.
That rate places the Davis County city second in the state behind only Taylorsville, which has a government cost of $378.76 per person.
Breaking down government spending per capita brings that data down to a "human level" so residents can be get an idea of what their city is doing, said Royce Van Tassel, association vice president.
"It lets folks say, 'How are we doing? How do we fare compared to neighboring cities?'
"Taxpayers in cities that are being fiscally responsible are very pleased," Van Tassel said, referring to cities such as Kaysville that have low government spending per capita.
Kaysville Mayor Steve Hiatt is pleased with his city's listing, based on the reputation of the association as being a leading tax watchdog group.
"There are several important factors that attribute to this designation, like the fact that we are one of the few cities in Davis County who still has a volunteer fire department," Hiatt said in a email to the Standard-Examiner.
"Our city staff has done a phenomenal job keeping our expenses low."
Other Top of Utah cities keeping government operation cost per person down are Syracuse, Roy, Bountiful and Layton.
Syracuse and Roy rank third and fourth, respectively, in Utah when it comes to the cost of government per person. Syracuse spends $443.40 per resident, while Roy spends $444.97 per resident.
Bountiful has a cost per capita of $472.92, while Layton, the largest city in Davis County with a population of 64,117 in 2009, has a government cost of $474.26 per resident.
The Utah Taxpayers Association regularly reviews the budgets and tax rates of Utah's cities and counties, according to the association's website.
"To provide a more systematic means of comparing how well elected officials in these cities and counties control public spending, the association worked with the Center for Public Lands at Utah State University to measure the cost of government per capita," the website states.
A full listing of city and county rankings is available at www.utahtaxpayers.org.