Essex Junction Votes 3070-411 in Favor of Becoming a City

November 02, 2021
After several votes to merge the governments of Essex and Essex Junction, more than half of Essex Junction voters turned out to approve a new City of Essex Junction. Voters in favor (3070) represented 88% of the total vote while 411 opposed the resolution. The Vermont Legislature will have to vote to support the new charter. A copy of the charter can be found online here: From VT DIgger Article: "After the last failed merger vote, which took place in April, village residents asked their board of trustees to look into separation... Separation could shift property tax burdens and the ability to finance services in the community. If the village separates from the town, the town would lose around 42% of its annual property tax revenues. Consequently, property taxes for outside-the-village residents would have to increase to maintain municipal projects and services, while village property owners would see a similar tax decrease, according to a financial analysis done by the joint village-town finance office."