Fluoride debate continues for two local communities but for opposing reasons
Two communities, Traverse City and Boyne City, are discussing the fluoride issue in the city's water supply, but for different reasons.
Boyne City Commissioners voted in a 3 to 2 vote on May 13 to have fluoride removed from the city's water supply. The fluoride was removed and is no longer in the city's water.
Tuesday, during the Boyne City commission meeting, a group of residents didn't agree with the decision to remove fluoride and would like to see the issue put on the November ballot.
For the November 2013 election, there were 2,787 registered voters and would need 558 votes to get on the ballot.
If enough signatures are collected and submitted to the city clerk, the issue will be discussed at the next regularly scheduled city commission meeting.
Within 30 days of the city clerk receiving the signatures the commission has two options, adopt the ordinance as requested by the petition or submit the proposal in the petition to voters.
August 12 is the state deadline for having the petition filed to be placed on the ballot.
On the opposite side, Traverse City has a group called "Fluoride Free in TC" which is fighting to get fluoride removed from the water supply in Traverse City.
A petition drive is requesting the issue to be placed on the November ballot for Traverse City residents.
The Traverse City clerk says the anti-fluoride group will need to get 527 registered Traverse City voters to sign a petition and filed to the city clerk's office by July 29.
Once filed, city commissioners would either vote to adopt the ordinance or send it to voters.
According to the "Fluoride Free in TC" Facebook page, leaders will present an initiatory petition to be reviewed by the city clerk on Monday afternoon and then revised by the city attorney before signatures start circulating.
If the petition is approved, the next step for the proposed ordinance to be placed on the Nov 2014 ballot is to meet the July 29 deadline for filing a completed petition from 527 registered voters within Traverse City.