Town Merger Vote 2021

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. 

In November, over 70% of Town voters living in the Village approved merging the Village and the Town.  Now, as required by state law, the entire Town will vote, including Village residents, on whether to merge the two governments.

Village residents are citizens of two municipalities, the Village of Essex Junction and the Town of Essex.
The plan of merger must pass in both municipalities for adoption.

Vote March 2

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.  

To explore the Village of Essex Junction merger pages for the November 3, 2020 vote, please visit https://www.essexjunction.org/news/merger..

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Important Dates

February 1 - 6:45pm

Public Hearing on Plan of Merger and Charter (Notice - PDF)
To participate in the meeting, Join online via Microsoft Teams or call (802) 377-3784, Conference ID: 817 591 504#
Live stream via Town Meeting TV (for viewing only)

February 16 - 6:30pm

Public Hearing on Plan of Merger and Charter (Notice - PDF)
To participate in the meeting, Join online via Microsoft Teams or call (802) 377-3784, Conference ID: 195 190 840#
Live stream via Town Meeting TV (for viewing only)

March 1 - 7:30pm

Informational Meeting
To participate in the meeting, Join online via Microsoft Teams or call (802) 377-3784, Conference ID: 242 211 736#
Live stream via Town Meeting TV (for viewing only)

March 2

Town Meeting Information

Australian Ballot - Polling place and hours:
Residents of the Village of Essex Junction vote at Essex High School, 2 Educational Drive, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 7 AM to 7 PM.

Residents of the Town outside of the Village of Essex Junction vote at Essex Middle School, 58 Founders Drive, Essex Junction, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 7 AM to 7 PM

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Voter Informational Booklet on Merger
Voter Informational Booklet on Merger


Essex Plan of Merger and Charter
Approved 1/11/2021, on Town ballot 3/2/2021 (pdf)

Essex Merger Charter


Village Essex Junction Plan of Merger and Charter
Approved 9/24/2020, passed by Village voters 11/3/2020 (pdf)

Essex Merger Charter - Trustee FINAL



Charter Change

The March 3, 2020 ballot included a question that was posed by a voter-backed petition, asking if the Town charter should be changed to create a six-member Selectboard with three members elected from the Village of Essex Junction and three from outside the Village.  Voters passed the proposed change, 4,032 - 2,614. The charter change was sent to the Vermont Secretary of State, Attorney General, and Legislature for consideration.

Read the letter from leadership of House Government Operations relating to the proposed Essex charter change.

Town Meeting TV Presentation

Essex elected officials give a presentation on the merger ballot question.  Moderated by Christina Bell, Town Meeting TV.

Town Meeting TV AIRTIMES

Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 5:30 PM
Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 5:30 AM
Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 11:30 AM
Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 11:30 PM
Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 4:30 AM
Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 10:30 AM

Merger Slide Show Presentation (PDF)