2022 Proposed Charter Amendments

What is the City's Charter?

The North Canton City Charter is like the City's version of the US constitution. The Charter establishes foundational rules for North Canton City government including the form of government, procedures for legislation, and key City Departments among other things.

Why amend it?

Just like the US Constitution, the City Charter is a living document that seeks to provide the best form of government possible for City residents. As time passes, circumstances change, and new ideas are created there may be better ways to ensure North Canton local government operates in the best possible way for the benefit of City residents.

Why put amendments on the ballot?

Any amendment to the City's Charter can only be enacted by a vote of City residents. The Charter amendments put forward by City Council will therefore appear on the November 8, 2022 general election ballot for consideration by voters.

How were these amendments chosen?

Short answer, through careful thought and consideration by City residents, officials, and elected leaders over the past 8 months.

Charter Advisory Board

In November 2021 North Canton City Council created the Charter Advisory Board through ordinance 65-2021. The Board consisted of two individuals appointed by the Mayor, one a City employee and one a resident, and 5 individuals appointed by City Council, one a city employee and 4 city residents. A total of 7 members; two employees, and five residents. 

The Board initally held a public input period where City officials and the public were invited to submit Charter amendments for consideration. In total the Board considered 14 proposed amendments during its meetings from January to April 2022. Seven final proposals were approved for submission to North Canton City Council. You can look back through all of the Charter Advisory Board meetings in our Agenda Center.

Charter Advisory Board Resolutions

City Council

The final recommendations of the Charter Advisory Board were then presented to City Council for further debate and consideration. City Council discussed, evaluated, and refined the recommendations over the course of five City Council meeting over 3 months. Of the six ordinances considered by City Council, three were ultimately approved to send to North Canton voters. City Council discussed the possibility of bringing the other amendments to voters at a later time. You can look back through all of City Council's discussion on Charter amendments in either the Agenda Center or the Council Bulletin archive.

City Council Ordinances

What are the proposed amendments?

  1. Ord. 47-2022
  2. Ord. 50-2022
  3. Ord. 51-2022

4-Year Staggered Terms beginning January 1

The Charter amendment proposed by City Ordinance 47-2022 would alter the terms of office for the eight elected officials of the City of North Canton. Currently, all elected officials serve on 2-year non-staggered terms beginning December 1. The proposed amendment would make functionally three changes. First, it would extend terms to be 4-year. Second, it would stagger terms so that 4 of the 8 elected officials are elected every two years; Mayor and 3 At-Large Council in one group, 4 Ward Council in the other group. Third, it would change the start date from December 1 to January 1 to match the fiscal and calendar year.

How would this work?

If the amendment is approved by voters, all currently serving elected officials' terms will still end in 2023 after just two years as that is the term for which they were elected. In the 2023 election, Mayoral candidates and At-large Council candidates would run for a 4-year term. Ward Council candidates would still run for just 2-year terms. Then, at the municipal election in 2025 Ward Council candidates would run for 4-year terms thus establishing a staggered system. There would still be regular municipal elections every two years with the ability of the voters to select a controlling plurality of elected officials. The schedule through 2031 would be as follows:

  • 2023: Mayor and 3 At-Large Council for 4-years and 4 Ward Council for 2-years
  • 2025: 4 Ward Council for 4-years
  • 2027: Mayor and 3 At-large Council for 4- years
  • 2029: 4 Ward Council for 4-years
  • 2031: Mayor and 3 At-large Council for 4- years

Current Language

Section 2.01: The term of a council member shall be two years, beginning on the first day of December following the election, and shall hold office until a successor is elected and qualified. The Council shall have an organizational meeting within the first three (3) days of December of each year. The Mayor, or one (1) appointed by the Mayor, shall call this meeting and preside as temporary chair only until the President of Council is elected.

Section 3.01: The Mayor shall be elected by the popular vote of the electors of the Municipality for a two-year term to begin on the first day of December next following the election.

Proposed Language

Section 2.01: The term of a council member shall be four (4) years, beginning on the first day of January following the election, and shall hold office until a successor is elected and qualified. The four (4) council members elected from the respective wards at the next regular municipal election following the adoption of this section shall be elected for a term of two (2) years and thereafter to terms of four (4) years so as to stagger the elections of Council members. The Council shall have an organizational meeting on the first working Monday of January of each year. The Mayor, or an individual appointed by the Mayor, shall call this meeting and preside as temporary chair only until the President of Council is elected.

Section 3.01: The Mayor shall be elected by the popular vote of the electors of the Municipality for a four-year term to begin on the first day of January next following the election.

  1. Office of City Council


    Mailing Address
    145 N Main Street
    Office of Council
    North Canton, OH 44720

    Phone: 330-499-8223 Option #

  1. Benjamin Young

    Director of Legislative Affairs / Civil Service Secretary