09/27/2013 06:01 EDT | Updated 11/27/2013 05:12 EST

Official numbers for Regina referendum on waste water plant don't change outcome

REGINA - The official numbers from this week's referendum in Regina haven't changed the outcome of the vote.

The city released the official numbers from Wednesday's waste water treatment plant referendum.

The voting for a public-private partnership for the project was 57 per cent, while those who wanted it to be publicly owned and built was 43 per cent.

Just over 49,000 people voted; with over 157,000 eligible voters in Regina that amounts to a total voter turnout of 31 per cent.

Seven people left their ballots blank, 13 people "over-voted," and 69 ballots were rejected, according to the referendum returning officer, city clerk Joni Swidnicki.

That means the city will move ahead with a public-private partnership funding model for the $224 million plant expansion.