SALINA, Kansas (AP) – Voters in central Kansas will decide in November whether to allow their community to continue adding fluoride to the local water supply after a petition received enough signatures to bring the issue to a vote.
Saline County Clerk Don Merriman confirmed Thursday there were enough verified signatures to put the question of whether to rescind Salina’s water fluoridation ordinance on the ballot.
The petition was presented by Salina Cares, an organization concerned about the risks of fluoride in the public water supply. Supporters say the issue isn’t as much about whether fluoride in the water is healthy as it is about giving residents the freedom to choose what substances they put into their bodies.
The city has been adding fluoride to the water since 1968.