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Regina to hold referendum on how to fund infrastructure project

The referendum will decide if the city will fund a project through a private-sector partnership



REGINA—Voters in Regina will cast ballots in a referendum on funding for an upgrade to the city’s waste-water treatment plant.

City council voted unanimously Monday night to go ahead with a referendum on the issue, despite a city clerk’s office ruling last week that there weren’t sufficient signatures on a petition calling for a vote.

Mayor Michael Fougere made the motion for the referendum, and told reporters before the meeting that it was needed because there was clearly a desire for the public to have its say.

Regina Water Watch spent a month collecting signatures to try to trigger a binding vote on the $224-million project, which currently calls for the work and maintenance to be done through a city partnership with the private sector.

Fougere says he expects a referendum will cost in the range of $200,000 to $400,000.

It has yet to be decided when the vote will be held.

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