Public Opinion Poll: Water Fluoridation

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(Photo Ron Richter ©)
(Photo Ron Richter ©)

The City of Sheridan may soon be mailing out a public opinion poll regarding the continuation of fluoridating the drinking water provided to City of Sheridan, Sheridan Area Water Supply and Downer Neighborhood Improvement and Service District customers.

The proposal was discussed Monday night at a study session of the City Council. City Utilities Director Dan Roberts said that for typical utility account holders, the poll will be included with their utility bill, while all others will receive a separate mailing altogether.

Roberts said that 12,353 polls would be mailed out beginning in early March if the Council approves a resolution next Monday night at their regularly scheduled meeting. The resolution would essentially give City staff the green light to conduct the poll. Roberts said the cost to conduct the public opinion poll is estimated at $13,950 based upon producing and sending all 12,353 mailings and obtaining a 50% return. He added that a higher rate of return will increase the professional firm’s validation and tabulation costs at a rate equivalent to $500 for every 1000 additional polls received.

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