Essex merger vote fails again

Published: Apr. 13, 2021 at 8:00 PM EDT
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ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. (WCAX) - Voters in Essex Town and the village of Essex Junction on Tuesday once again rejected a merger proposal by a thin margin.

After rejecting the measure on Town Meeting Day, Tuesday’s reconsideration vote fell short by a 26-vote margin with 4,199 people voting in support of the merger and 4,225 voting against it.

Essex Junction voters supported a nonbinding resolution calling for the Essex Junction Board of Trustees to draft a charter to create the independent city of Essex Junction. Village residents would vote on that resolution no later than November 2021.

“I’ve always believed Essex as a whole is better as a merged community than anything else. At the same time, I’m OK with this process as to where we are. I believe, ultimately, we as a village are going to come together and do what is best for ourselves for now and into the future,” Essex Junction Board of Trustees President Andrew Brown said.

Brown also stressed patience on the part of the citizens of Essex Junction while this process is ongoing.

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