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Utah City Benchmarking project. What is it?. A collective effort to share data. Around 50 Cities in Utah participate and send in data. Allows participants to compare standard performance measures and pursue best practices. Goal: Improve Performance.

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Utah City Benchmarking project

What is it?

  • A collective effort to share data.

  • Around 50 Cities in Utah participate and send in data.

  • Allows participants to compare standard performance measures and pursue best practices.

Goal: Improve Performance

  • Provide Local Governments with a service delivery tool that supports their decision-making processes in strategic planning and accountability.

  • Allows each city to be able to compare itself with other cities like it or near it.

The bench marking project has four parts

  • Data Collection and General Project Management by the U of U

  • Online System

    • Member cities input dataand pull data do their own data analysis

    • U of U and BYU input data

    • Maintained by U of U

  • Cluster Analysis by BYU

  • Membership Managementby ULCT

Utah City Data – a collaborative project

  • Around 50 members and growing

  • Utah City Managers Association (UCMA)

  • Utah League of Cities and Towns (ULCT)

  • University of Utah's Center for Public Policy & Administration (CPPA)

  • Brigham Young University's Romney Institute

Data we send in - (Survey)

  • Fireex: Total Number of Stations? Total number of fire calls

  • Community Developmentex:Number of residential and number of commercial occupancy permits issued in fiscal year

  • Financeex: Total dollar amount in all funds for capital projects

  • Fiscal Stressex: If you expect lower revenues, what strategies are you implementing to cope with the shortfall

  • Parks and Recreationex: Total acres within city limits managed by the city.

  • Policeex: Are your police officers sworn or contracted

  • Roads Servicesex: Identify the actual expenditures during FY2012 on crack seals. Dollar amount spent on activity.

  • Waterex: All costs including operating, debt, capital and inter-fund transfers FY2012.

Data they provide

  • They add more data gathered from federal, state, county and other sources to each category.

  • Other Data they add

    • Demographic

    • Finance

    • Tax Assessment Data

Data they collect - sources

  • Census

  • American Community Survey

  • Finance data submitted to State Auditor

  • State Tax Commission

  • Bureau of Economic and Business Research

  • Utah Department of Public Safety

Time Frames

  • January we send in all of our data.

  • February they input data from their sources, and we review our data.

  • March, downloadable data is available for download.

  • Middle of April, Printed Cluster reports are available.

How we download data

  • Log in at: https://utahcitydata.org/

    • (See handout with log in information)

  • Click on downloads icon

  • Able to download data for:

    • Nibley City

    • Cluster

    • County

    • 5 other cities we choose


  • The cities are clustered based on demographics, financial and economic characteristics.

  • We are in Cluster “J” Traditional Agricultural with 26 other cities.

    • Ex. Hyrum, Fillmore, Nephi, Delta… 

Published Date

  • There is also Published reports about the clusters. These are on the Web site.

  • Example:

What it Costs

  • There is a $500 annual fee for joining Utah City Data. This fee covers:

    • System maintenance and backup

    • Data storage

    • Data entry by CPPA

    • Data analysis in a printed report

    • Access to data for viewing or downloading

  • We also have to input our city data every January.

  • What we will use it for

    • Strategic Planning

    • Accountability

    • Budgeting

    • To compare numbers from our city with others like us or near us

    Emergency Responses Times



    Track Changes Over Time

    Property Tax Rate In County


    • Demo

      • https://utahcitydata.org/

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