UPDATE: WEEK 14 TO 10.10pm
The Spokane City Council voted “yes” to accept money from a company to build a system to put fluoride in the water.
The vote passed 6-1.
The city will receive $ 4 million from the ARCORA Foundation for expenses related to the design, licensing and construction of a community water fluoridation component of our water system.
The terms of the proposed grant allow Council to continue or terminate the fluoridation process at any time, subject to reimbursement of any grant funds used in the process on a prorated basis.
On Monday, the city council voted to postpone a vote on putting fluoride into Spokane’s water.
The City Council listened to nearly four hours of public commentary from dozens of both pro and anti-fluoride people.
“The council has listened to its constituents and has chosen a middle ground that brings us closer to the health benefits of fluoride with the financial flexibility to pay for it,” City Council President Breean Beggs said. “More importantly, the next generation of Spokane’s children will largely be able to avoid the damage of tooth decay.”
UPDATE: WEEK 14 TO 17:33
Spokane City Council voted to postpone a decision on placing fluoride in Spokane’s water.
However, they are still voting to accept money from a company to build a system to put fluoride in the water.
They plan to take public comment on this at their Monday evening meeting.
SPOKANE, Wash – The decision to put fluoride in Spokane City’s drinking water may not be made anytime soon.
A vote was supposed to be held tonight at the city council meeting. However, a motion was submitted to postpone the vote.
“The city council will consider a motion to postpone the fluoride ordinance during the council briefing session at 3:30 pm and I expect it to be removed from the legislative agenda tonight,” City Council President Breean Beggs said.
“The vote on the contract accepting funds from the Arcora Foundation will probably still be on the agenda. The revised contract provides funds that could be used to study, design and implement community water fluoridation and allows the City to make a final decision on implementation over the next four years. The terms of the proposed contract allow Council to continue or terminate the fluoridation process at any time, subject to reimbursement of any grant funds used in the process, ”Beggs said.
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