Town Meeting

Town Hall Meeting March 6

Town Meeting

WHEN: Monday, March 6, 2023
TIME: 7:30 pm
WHERE: Essex Cinemas (Double E Performance Center entrance), 21 Essex Way #300, Essex, Vermont

Australian Ballot - Polling Place and Hours 

WHEN: Tuesday, March 7, 2023
TIME: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
WHERE: Essex Middle School, 60 Founders Road, Essex, Vermont

Town Showcase

March 6th - 6:00 pm

Attend Town Meeting early on March 6th at the Double E Performance Center and visit with Essex departments, boards, committees, and commissions. Grab some FREE popcorn to take into the meeting with you! 

The Lounge will be set up with tables from the Essex Police Department, Essex Free Library, Essex Energy Committee, and more. Stop by early to pick up some goodies and then head down the hallway to the T-Rex Theater and find a comfortable seat for the annual meeting. 

TOWN MEETING will be held at The Double E Performance Center in the T-Rex Theater. Double E Performance Center


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(Monday, March 6th Business)

Article I.               Shall the reports of the Officers be accepted?

Article II.              Shall the Town of Essex vote on all public questions by Australian ballot?

Article III.             Discussion of ballot items:

  • Article V, Adopting the fiscal year 2024 budget;
  • Article VI, Increasing the capital tax rate;
  • Article VII, Charter amendment to reorganize the charter; 
  • Article VIII, Charter amendment for ability to set license fees; 
  • Article IX, Charter amendment to allow for just cause eviction ordinance; 
  • Article X, Charter amendment to allow for recall of Selectboard members; 
  • Article XI, Charter amendment to transition from Zoning Board of Adjustment to Development Review Board
  • Article XII, Announcement of offices up for election in Article XII

Article IV.             Public to be heard.

(Tuesday, March 7th Australian Ballot Voting)

Article V.              Shall the Town adopt a budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024 as recommended by the Selectboard in the amount of $15,401,152?  

Article VI.            Shall the Town of Essex increase the Capital Reserve Fund by adding 1 cent to the tax rate, in addition to the two cents previously authorized, for the purpose of financing capital projects? 

Article VII.           Shall the Town of Essex reorganize its charter as recommended by the Charter Review Committee? 

Article VIII.          Shall the Town of Essex amend its charter to have the authority to adopt and enforce ordinances for the purposes of regulating, licensing, and fixing reasonable and necessary license fees? 

Article IX.             Shall the Town of Essex amend its charter to give the Selectboard the power to enact an ordinance to protect residential tenants from eviction without just cause?

Article X.              Shall the Town of Essex amend its charter to allow for the recall of Selectboard members? 

Article XI.             Shall the Town of Essex amend its charter to create a Development Review Board to replace the Zoning Board of Adjustment by January 1, 2025, following passage by the Vermont Legislature? 

Article XII.            Election of the following:

Moderator, 1 vacancy (1-year term)
Selectboard, 2 vacancies (3-year terms)


BudgetCharter Amendments


The Town of Essex will NOT be mailing ballots to active, registered voters for the 2023 Town Meeting election. You may either request an absentee/early voting ballot (postage will be included), or you may vote in person. For more information regarding early/absentee ballot voting, please visit the Voter Information page.



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