Dispatch center will use forfeiture funds
The Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved amending its forfeiture fund budget, adding an increase of $53,000, at its meeting on Monday, August 24. The original line item was expected to be $20,000. The increase will allow for the Bloomfield Township Police Department to purchase new furniture for its dispatch center. The current furniture is in disrepair and falling apart, and the company no longer makes replacement parts, Jason Theis, township finance director, reported. The forfeiture fund balance as of March 31 was $216,240. Theis reported that these funds are relegated and audited annually by the federal government to assure the police department is spending the funds only on qualified items. “This purchase qualifies as an allowable expenditure from the fund,” Theis said. The increased expenditure will go through a bid process for purchases, when it will be presented to the board with more exact numbers.