The City Council of Wichita this morning approved a measure that sends the issue of community water fluoridation to a public vote, putting it on the ballot in the November General Election.
By a vote of 7-0, the City Council approved a motion made by Vice-Mayor Janet Miller, who supported the council approving it directly, to let the voters of Wichita decide on the issue. The question will be put on the November 6th General Election ballot.
Yesterday, KWCH TV in Wichita released the results of a SurveyUSA poll which indicated that 79% felt the issue should go to a public vote, while an overwhelming 62% of the public supported the water fluoridation brought forward by Healthy Teeth for Wichita.
Across the country, 74 percent of United States residents have access to community water fluoridation. Cost estimates show that Wichita residents would save $4.5 million annually in restorative care.
A group calling themselves Wichitans for Healthy Teeth led the effort to fluoridate the water and in officially bringing the measure to the council, submitted 11,333 petition signatures
KDA member dentists Dr. Lucynda Raben and Dr. Sara Meng both spoke in support of water fluoridation.