Earlier this year, a 15-member Charter Review Commission studied the charter and recommended changes.

North Canton voters are being asked to consider a handful changes to city law.

The city undergoes a Charter Review process every 10 years.

Earlier this year, a 15-member Charter Review Commission studied the charter and recommended numerous changes. North Canton City Council then debated those recommendations and made suggestions of their own. Voters have the final say.

Council voted to place seven amendments on the ballot:

Issue 8: Charter Amendment, amendment of Article II, Section 2.05, concerning the procedure for voting upon any ordinance or resolution and recording the vote.

Council would vote on ordinances and resolutions with a voice vote —a group yes or no — instead of a roll call vote. The votes of each council member still would be included in the meeting record.

Issue 9: Charter Amendment, amendment of Article III, Section 3.07(2), concerning the non-voting members to serve on the Planning Commission.

The director of administration, city engineer, director of permits and a member of city council (selected by council) will serve as nonvoting members of the Planning Commission in an advisory capacity. This amendment also removes a provision that nonvoting members must attend those meetings.

Issue 10: Charter Amendment, amendment of Article III, Section 3.07(3), concerning the duties of the Zoning and Building Standards Board of Appeals.

An amendment that would clarify the duties of the Zoning and Building Standards Board of Appeals, making the charter easier to read and understand.

Issue 11: Charter Amendment, amendment of Article III, Section 3.07(3), concerning the non-voting members to serve on the Zoning and Building Standards Board of Appeals.

The director of administration, city engineer, director of permits and a member of city council will serve as nonvoting members of the Zoning and Building Standards Board of Appeals in an advisory capacity. This amendment also removes a provision that nonvoting members must attend those meetings.

Issue 12: Charter Amendment, amendment of Article IV, Section 4.03, concerning deletion of language related to the tax budget.

The fiscal budget and accounting year would be the same as the calendar year, removing an outdated provision that required the city to submit an annual statutory tax budget to the county.

Issue 13: Charter Amendment, amendment of Article VI, Section 6.04, concerning the requirement that the Charter Review Commission have a majority vote of members to make a recommendation to Council.

The Charter Review Commission would need a majority vote of all members (not just those present) to make a recommendation.

Issue 14: Charter Amendment, amendment of Article VI, Section 6.04, concerning the appointment by the Charter Review Commission of a chairperson, vice chairperson, and a secretary.

Makes the appointment a requirement.

The city will undergo its next Charter Review in 2027.