Greenwalt surprised by Terrytown fluoridation passage
Terrytown Mayor Kent Greenwalt admits he was surprised the community's residents voted for fluoridation Tuesday on a ballot question that likely caused some confusion with the way it was worded.
The ballot language indicated a vote for the proposed ordinance on the ballot would prohibit the placement of fluoride in the water and a vote against was to allow it. The against votes Tuesday were 130 while the votes for were 107, which means voters approved placing fluoride in their water.
Greenwalt said he did not talk to many people who supported fluoridation before the election. But Greenwalt said he can't determine right now whether the vote is legitimate or whether people accidentally voted against their wishes.
Terrytown Attorney Kent Hadenfeldt says state statute requires that passage of an ordinance regarding fluoridation in a community over 1,000 people must be placed on the ballot for consideration. The ordinance passed by the Village Board prohibited the placement of fluoride in Terrytown's water and that why the language was whether or not to confirm that ordinance.
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