Belmont's civil asset forfeiture funds

Alex Marthews filed this request with the Belmont Town Clerk of Belmont, MA.

It is a clone of this request.

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From: Alex Marthews

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

All accounting summaries, balance sheets, and transaction records from 2015 to the present for any and all financial accounts containing funds derived from civil asset forfeiture. I am interested in the total funds derived from civil asset forfeitures, and also in how those funds were used.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Alex Marthews

From: Belmont Town Clerk

Belmont, Massachusetts


Hi there

Your first Belmont, Massachusetts record request (request number #20-497) has been submitted.
It is currently unpublished and is not available for the general public to view.

This email confirms that the Town of Belmont has received your Public Records Request. Please watch your email for more updates and documents related to this request - be sure to watch your junk folder in case messages are filtered there.Per MGL Chapter 66, Section 10, and Acts of 2016, Chapter 121, the Town of Belmont will conduct research and prepare a response to your request within ten (10) business days. If necessary, we will notify you that we require the additional 15 days allowable under Massachusetts Public Records laws to complete your request.  If there will be a charge to fulfill your request we will provide you with a good faith estimate. The fee will include costs for labor that exceeds 2 hours. If you consent to the cost, you must authorize the Town to proceed with the research on the promise that you will pay the actual amount due. Payment of the fee must be received prior to delivery of the records. Please note that the Commonwealth schedule for reimbursement of expenses related to a Public Records Request follows:

* $.05 per page – print or copy

* the actual reproduction cost for unique items such as full-size plans or maps

* plus the wages of the lowest-paid employee who can perform the research/copying or redacting work – the first two (2) hours are free.  The maximum rate allowed to be charged is $25.00 per hour.  

* if exemptions, additional fees or time are required, the Town will petition the Supervisor of Public Records

Records will be provided through this Public Records Portal, for the assigned request # and you will receive an email notification. Please be certain to check your junk mail or spam and add as a safe sender to your address list.

Please be advised that you have the right of administrative appeal to the Massachusetts Supervisor of Records under 950 CMR 32.08(1), and the right to seek judicial review of any unfavorable decision by commencing a civil action in the superior court pursuant to M.G.L. c. 66, §10A (c).

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From: Belmont Town Clerk

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Belmont, MA 02478
Phone: 617-993-2604
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From: Belmont Town Clerk

Belmont, Massachusetts


Hi there

A document has been released for record request #20-497 along with the following message:

Attached is the document you requested.

* Local Law Enforcement Trust Fund (TRUST FUND BALANCE 2015-2020).xlsx

Document links are valid for one month.
After August 30, you will need to sign in to view the document(s).

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From: Belmont Town Clerk

Belmont, Massachusetts


Hi there

Record request #20-497 has been closed and published. The closure reason supplied was:

Your Public Records Request has been fulfilled. We have released all of the requested records to you. We now consider your request closed.

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