This November, the Essex Junction Board of Trustees are asking all our Essex Junction Village constituents to make an important decision.

Should we dissolve the Village government and join the Essex Town government in forming a new Essex community government?

If you’re a registered voter in Essex Junction, you’ll soon be receiving in the mail a ballot asking you to vote yes or no on whether to accept a plan of merger with Essex Town.

On Town meeting day in March, the Essex Town government will put a similar question on a ballot for Town voters, which includes voters in Essex Junction due to our dual citizenship in both the Village and the Town.

If the majority of voters approve both these proposals, the current Essex Junction and Essex Town governments would be merged into a single Essex government, with the approval of the Vermont State Legislature.

If the vote fails, whether on the Village side, the Town side, or both sides, the Town and Village governments and all the services they provide will continue just as they are.

The Essex Junction Trustees can’t tell our citizens how to vote, but perhaps a little background and history will help you decide on whether we should merge with Essex Town or stay as we are.