Tuesday, November 20, 2018
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Fluoride ballot measure in Brooksville: What you need to know

WHAT DOES THE BALLOT INITIATIVE DO?

  • Brooksville residents will be asked if they want to keep receiving fluoride in their water supply.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

  • The city has added fluoride to its water since the mid-1980s but stopped at some point. A debate in 2013 led to its return.
  • The ballot measure is a response to official debate on the topic that has sprung up this year. Across the county, a vocal minority has protested public water fluoride programs.
  • Medical and dental organizations widely agree that adding fluoride to the water supply at the recommended levels is critical to preventing tooth decay. Local dentists have urged the city to keep fluoride in the water for all its citizens, especially  those who cannot afford dental care.
  • Anti-fluoride groups say that fluoride at the levels recommended is more dangerous than beneficial. They say the mineral causes declines in intelligence and causes cancer.

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