The public has flocked to tonight’s Keizer City Council discussion to determine whether cutting fluoride from Keizer’s water would save money — or be a mistake.

The 5:45 p.m. work session so far has included major pro and con PowerPoint presentations — and 17 people signed up.

Dentists have spoken for and against the move.

Some members of the public have said it helps with the formation of teeth and is crucial to developing strong, healthy teeth.

Other say it is a poison that can have negative side effects, possibly contributing to issues such as intestinal problems and brain damage.

The evening’s staff report showed that it could cost Keizer tens of thousands per year if more city wells are outfitted to improve Keizer fluoridation capabilities.

The mayor said one solution to this disagreement could be putting the question of whether or not to fluoridate the water before voters in March.