The City Council is considering instituting a utility franchise tax that would become effective Oct. 1.

West Point is the only city in Davis County without such a tax. The tax is added to electric, natural gas and telephone service. Amounts charged usually range from 4 percent to 6 percent.City manager Scott Neilson said the council wants to start a 4percent utility franchise tax. He said a public hearing will be set soon on the issue.

West Point already has a franchise tax on cable TV service.

If accepted, the tax means residents would pay an extra $4 for every $100 they use in utilities.

For example, the utility franchise fee in Layton generates some $1.4 million annually. In Clearfield, it produces $1.3 million in revenues. Among smaller cities, like Syracuse and Fruit Heights, the utility franchise tax generates between $8,000-$10,000 a year.