Local Option Tax Survey - Give us your thoughts!

The Town of Essex and Village of Essex Junction are considering whether or not to ask voters in March 2022 to approve a 1 percent local option tax, and want to hear from residents and area businesses about your thoughts and how to use the tax revenue if it is collected.

A local option tax is a way for a municipality to raise additional revenue by placing a 1 percent tax on certain transactions – specifically, all transactions subject to the Vermont sales, meals, rooms, or alcoholic beverage tax. Communities can decide which of those Vermont taxes will have a local option tax. Local option taxes are destination based, which means the tax is applied based on where a buyer takes possession of an item, or where it is delivered.

If Essex were to collect all available local option taxes, the State of Vermont estimates that the taxes would generate approximately $1.5 million between the Town of Essex and Village of Essex Junction.

We want to understand your perspectives, hear any thoughts and concerns, and answer questions in order to make an informed decision about whether and how to pursue local option tax(es).

This survey is expected to take 5 minutes or less to complete.

Thank you in advance for your time and input.