Company to bring chip technology back to Vermont

A company based in France and Wisconsin is opening a manufacturing plant on IBM’s campus in Essex Junction that will employ 90 people within three years. The company makes specialized security technology that’s used in passports and enhanced drivers’ licenses.

Essex voters reject local option sales tax

Voters in Essex rejected a town-wide, 1-percent local sales tax. The Essex Selectboard and the Essex Junction Board of Trustees had both endorsed the proposal.  Officials say the tax would have raised about $850,000 annually for the town and village. Funds would have been used to lower property taxes and to up date infrastructure and increase economic development funding to attract more businesses to the town. Selectboard member Linda Myers said the tax was rejected in a voice vote by a strong majority of the standing-room only crowd.

IBM to Essex Junction: New tax could cost jobs

IBM is warning officials in Essex that more jobs could be lost if the town approves a local option sales tax at its town meeting. The company recently laid off workers at its Vermont plant