What does being an incorporated village mean?

Many towns and cities have villages or sections of the community that are referred to as villages but most of them are not incorporated villages. In Vermont, an incorporated village is a legal municipality. Incorporated villages have elected governments which have the authority to raise taxes and institute and enforce municipal laws. Under state law, incorporated village governments have all the same rights and responsibilities as town and city governments.

However, incorporated villages must also be associated with a town. They remain part of that town's grand list and come under the jurisdiction of the town clerk. As long as both sides agree, villages and towns may each have their own municipal services or they may share some or all of them.

Essex Junction and Essex Town each have their own public works departments, fire departments, planning and zoning departments, and recreation departments and libraries. However, they share the same police department. Some essential government functions, such as assessing property values, are performed only by Essex Town.

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1. Where can I access frequently requested phone numbers?
2. Where do I vote if I live in the Village?
3. What are the Village Office hours?
4. Do I live in the Village?
5. What is the difference between Essex Junction and Essex Town?
6. What does being an incorporated village mean?
7. I live in Essex Junction, so why do I pay taxes to Essex Town?
8. If I'm being taxed by Essex Junction for municipal services delivered by the Village government and I'm also being taxed by Essex Town, what services does the Town provide?
9. If we must pay taxes to Essex Town, why not just have one local government? Wouldn't that be easier?
10. Are there any benefits to keeping the present local government system?
11. I don’t like sending large checks through the mail. Where do I go to pay my taxes in person and get a receipt?
12. Who do I call if I have a question about my homestead declaration and property tax adjustment?
13. If I’m an Essex Junction resident, where do I go for a zoning permit?
14. Who do I call to report a problem about a street, sidewalk, sign, streetlight, hydrant, or sewer?
15. If I’m an Essex Junction resident, can I still use services in Essex Town?