Upcoming vote on whether to merge the Village of Essex Junction and Town of Essex
The Town of Essex and the Village of Essex Junction each has its own government and elected board with taxing authority. For the past few years, the Town of Essex Selectboard and the Village of Essex Junction Board of Trustees have explored a potential merger of the governance of the two municipalities under a single charter. A Governance Subcommittee of the two boards reviewed governance models and organized focus groups and surveys with residents to help create the proposed merger plans. You can learn more about this work at www.greateressex2020.org.
Now, Town voters are being asked to decide on whether the Village and Town should merge.
Village voters approved a version of the Essex Charter for a merged municipality in November 2020. The Town Selectboard voted to pose the merger question to all Town voters in March 2021. Learn more about the Selectboard’s merger work, including previous meeting minutes, and sign up to receive meeting notifications by visiting the Agenda Center.
Essex Plan of Merger and Charter Approved 1/11/2021, on Town ballot 3/2/2021 (pdf)
Village Essex Junction Plan of Merger and Charter Approved 9/24/2020, passed by Village voters 11/3/2020 (pdf)