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Galt Police Department will use asset seizures, unclaimed funds to replace outdated equipment

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Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 12:00 am

The Galt Police Department will use $28,455 in police asset seizure and unclaimed funds to purchase new equipment.

The largest portion of that money — $20,000 — comes from settled criminal investigations in conjunction with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.

The balance is from money seized as evidence by Galt officers during narcotic stops that remains unclaimed.

“What we’d like to do is take those funds and purchase some outdated but much-needed equipment,” Police Chief William Bowen told the Galt City Council at Tuesday’s regular meeting.

That equipment includes a blood drying evidence cabinet and dispatcher chairs.

The city council unanimously approved appropriating the money.

“It’s always great when we get money that doesn’t come out of our funding, and we can get things we need for our departments,” Mayor Marylou Powers said.

Also on Tuesday, council members unanimously approved asking participants in the Gators Recreational Swim program to pay an additional $25 in fees for the 2014 season. There had not been an increase since 2008, according to city staff.

The city will also subsidize the program so that participants do not have to face a hike greater than the $25.

While total fees are going up to $204 per swimmer, from $179, participants will only be asked to pay $110 each, with the city picking up the rest of the tab. The change is related to the Northern California Swim League raising its fees.

Still, Galt’s fees are among the lowest in the area, recreation supervisor Monica Lopez said Tuesday.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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