The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


June 16, 2012

Screwup may cost taxpayers $381,000

NORTHUMBERLAND  -- A state agency is demanding that Point Township repay $381,000 within 10 days because municipal officials did not adequately track how a developer spent a grant that was to be used specifically to build low-income housing eight years ago.

The payment equals almost 25 percent of the yearly operating budget for the township of 3,650 residents and would amount to roughly $100 for every man, woman and child in the municipality.

That’s only the beginning, because solicitor fees are also adding up.

The problem came to light last year when state auditors discovered the township had not overseen the spending or provided the state with required progress reports.

Township Supervisors Montie Peters and Randy Yoxheimer are split in their decision to repay the Department of Community and Economic Development the $381,000, but both allege the money is actually owed by Bob Yoder, of The Yoder Group, Turbotville.

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