Users of water provided by the city of Kalama who live outside city limits won’t be able to participate in the Nov. 4 advisory vote on whether to continue fluoridating city water, but they will receive a survey with their October water bills if they want to voice their opinions.
City Administrator Adam Smee said because those voters are outside city limits and therefore don’t vote on any other city measures and elections, they won’t participate in the fluoride advisory vote.
“It is a kind of a paradox that you have consumers that don’t get to have a say or don’t have representation for their products,” Smee said.
Smee said City Council members proposed the survey, which only asks whether households support fluoride in city water. Just like the city vote, the surveys are only for advisory purposes.
“(The survey will) only make a difference if the council takes it into consideration,” Smee said.
Smee estimated there are 890 households within city limits and 775 outside city limits.
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Surveys have to be returned to the city through Nov. 10.
Lauren Kronebusch covers education and the city of Kalama for The Daily News. Reach her at 360-577-2532 or firstname.lastname@example.org.