Fluoride’s fate: will voters or city council decide?

Removing or adjusting the amount of fluoride in Red Deer water will come down to a plebiscite or council vote.

Removing or adjusting the amount of fluoride in Red Deer water will come down to a plebiscite or council vote.

On Monday, city council will decide which route to go to make a decision.

If councillors opt for a plebiscite, they must consider whether it will be in conjunction with the next municipal election in October 2013 or be done as a standalone vote.

A standalone vote would cost between $100,000 and $150,000. Holding a plebiscite as part of the next election would cost $5,000.

Should council itself choose to make the decision on fluoride’s fate, the bylaw would have to be addressed at another meeting.

The decision will come after public hearings, guest speakers and online information gathering.

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