Shall the Town of Hampton vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $90,000 to carry out all lawful functions allowed under federal, state and local criminal justice forfeiture programs and to authorize the withdrawal of said sum of $90,000 from the Police Forfeiture Special Revenue Fund created for that purpose under Article 55 of the 2003 Town Meeting?
What it means: During normal police operations, items of value may be forfeited by individuals. There are expenses associated with the management of such property, including storage, auctioning, returning items where appropriate, etc. NH law permits the auctioning of this property where appropriate, and the funds so received are put into a fund. Some of the money is used to cover the expenses of the forfeiture process. Excess funds may be used for other town costs.
Those in favor say: This is a standard, annual procedure. This year, the funds will be used to refurbish the Police Department Fitness Room.
Those against say: No one spoke against this Article at Deliberative Session.
Fiscal Impact: No tax impact.