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Charter idea rejected again in Canton
70% of Ohio's municipalities have charters
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Canton City Councilman Bill Smuckler believes there may have been confusion over what the charter commission would have done.
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Canton will continue to be the largest city in Ohio without a charter.  A proposal for a commission to draw one up for voter consideration next year, was rejected Tuesday night. 

A charter gives a municipality the ability to restructure its government and more independence from the state in deciding how to do so. Canton City Councilman-at-large Bill Smuckler had been a supporter. But he says he thinks some confusion among voters about just what the charter might do made people uneasy this time around.

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“The public responded.  We listened.  We heard what they had to say.  And we’ll see what happens in the future.  I don’t think that there’s anything that’s off the table.  I think it’s just a matter of what’s on the table.”

Canton voters have rejected a charter five other times. With the first “no vote” just a year after Ohio cities first got the right to create charters through the then-new, state constitution of 1912.   

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