Gov. Phil Scott has signed into a law a charter for what will become the City of Essex Junction, Vermont’s 10th legally chartered city. For decades Essex Junction has been a village within the town of Essex. On July 1, the village of Essex Junction will become a city. Last fall Essex Junction voters cast ballots overwhelmingly in favor of separating from the town. The vote came after studies showed village residents would pay significantly lower property taxes as an independent municipality. The move had to be approved by the Legislature, which gave final approval to the measure earlier this month. Gov. Scott signed measure into law on Wednesday. The village’s five trustees will become the five-member City Council. The city’s day-to-day affairs will be overseen by a city manager.
- Property owned by Vermont-recognized Native American tribes will be exempt from property taxes under a new law
- St. Johnsbury girl got to demonstrate her turkey call skills during the annual Bart Jacob Memorial Youth Turkey Calling Contest