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DuBois' scandals put Sandy Township merger in peril

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June 8, 2023
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Inside this edition: Sandy Township wants to delay its merger with the City of DuBois, what to know about Pa. budget season, and State College Pride is this weekend 🌈 
Real quick: A Pennsylvania township wants to pause its consolidation with its scandal-ridden neighbor city, Spotlight PA Local Accountability Reporter Min Xian reports.

A little more: In an unusual legal filing, Sandy Township seeks to pause its voter-approved consolidation with the City of DuBois as a result of corruption allegations against the city’s suspended manager and alarming financial oversight issues.

The consolidation, a rarity in Pennsylvania’s patchwork of more than 2,500 municipalities, was approved by DuBois and Sandy Township voters in a 2021 referendum — by a razor-thin margin of 1% among township electors — after three failed attempts in previous decades.

Now, Sandy Township officials argue in a new court filing that the sweeping fraud allegations against Herm Suplizio, one of DuBois’ most politically connected government officials, and mounting questions about city oversight and ongoing investigations necessitate an intervention.

“Given the unique and extraordinary circumstances presented here, including serious criminal malfeasance, absent a permanent injunction the township will suffer substantial financial losses and harm,” officials wrote in the complaint, filed in Clearfield County Court of Common Pleas.

The state attorney general’s office in March accused Suplizio of stealing more than $600,000 in taxpayer money over a decade. Suplizio has yet to enter a plea in the case or appear in court. Contrary to the allegations, the city’s mayor and solicitor have told the public there is “no money missing” from the city.

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