TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2018 ADOPTED BUDGET

CONVENTION CENTER FUND AND MUSEUM

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

 

REVENUE CHANGES:

Budgeted revenue from Hall Rental is expected to decrease from $860,000 to $830,000. Revenue for the Performing Arts Center has been shown separately at $60,000. Special Events revenue includes $50,000 anticipated from the Holiday Shopper’s Fair, and $25,000 for city-sponsored events to be held in the Performing Arts Center. Concession and Service Charge revenue are projected to increase. Sales/Other reflects membership dues for the Convention & Visitor’s Bureau and is expected to remain level. Food & Beverage Tax generated goes toward the retirement of debt for the Convention Center expansion. The rate was reduced from 1% to ½% in FY 10. Food & Beverage Tax is anticipated to generate $1,350,000 that will go toward debt retirement in FY 18. An additional $100,000 will go into a fund for capital improvements at the Convention Center. The State Operating grant and General Fund subsidy are budgeted to increase $39,141 each.

 

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

Thirty-four full-time positions are funded in FY 18. Six positions have been eliminated since FY 09. In the FY 15 budget, one part-time Maintenance Worker position was converted to full-time. In FY 16, the Sales Director position was replaced with a Sales Manager position, and one additional Maintenance Worker II position was included as well. A step increase effective January 1, 2018 has been included. The Museum division employs two full-time employees. Part-time and seasonal positions are used by both the Convention Center and the Museum. Staffing of the box office for Performing Arts ticketed events has been included at a cost of $6,669. Overtime in the Maintenance division has been budgeted at $82,000. Projected costs for health insurance, pension, retiree health and worker’s compensation costs are budgeted to increase, with the majority of the cost increase in health insurance and pension.

 

CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:

Contracted Services decrease in FY 18, and include travel, credit card fees, dry cleaning and advertising. In FY 18, $25,000 has been included for potential city-sponsored events held in the Performing Arts Center. This is a reduction from FY 17, when $80,000 was budgeted. Communications and advertising costs have been reduced nearly $30,000. An Economic Impact Study was funded in FY 16 at a cost of $35,000. Maintenance costs account for $307,442 of the Convention Center budget. Escalator, elevator, HVAC, and equipment repair are budgeted at $251,265, and include HVAC repairs recommended by the Public Works Facilities Manager totaling $38,700. Additional HVAC repairs totaling $29,500 will be funded through the Phase III expansion project. Building maintenance accounts for another $56,177. Overall maintenance costs decrease $35,031. Operational supplies include costs for such items as replacement seats and backs for folding chairs, supplies to clean and maintain the building, aisle and booth carpet, and replacement AV equipment. The Museum’s operating expenses decrease $1,211 overall. Painting of the Museum building has been funded at $16,500. Energy costs for the Convention Center are budgeted to remain the same for FY 18. Vehicle fuel and maintenance costs are expected to decrease. Intragovernmental allocations for IT Services, property insurance, General Overhead and Vehicle Lease increase. Debt Service includes principal and interest on the 2013 bonds and the Energy Performance Lease. The 2014 bond was paid off in March 2016. Food and Beverage tax receipts and interest will be used to pay the debt service on the 2013 bonds. Transfer to Reserves reflects the amount to be set aside for the capital reserve fund and the food tax that exceeds bond payments. FY 16 capital purchases include items purchased for the Energy Performance contract and the replacement of ballroom curtains, a walk-in refrigerator, a genie lift and a burnisher, funded by a private contribution from Centerplate as part of their contract renegotiation.