TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2019 ADOPTED BUDGET

CONVENTION CENTER FUND AND MUSEUM

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

 

REVENUE CHANGES:

Budgeted revenue for Hall Rental, Special Events, Concession and Service Charges increase a total of $76,000 for FY 19. Revenue for the Performing Arts Center has been shown separately at $71,000. Special Events revenue includes $50,000 anticipated from the Holiday Shopper’s Fair, and $47,000 for city-sponsored events to be held in the Performing Arts Center. 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 $1,425,000 that will go toward debt retirement in FY 19. An additional $200,000 will go into a fund for capital improvements at the Convention Center. The State Operating grant and General Fund subsidy are budgeted to increase $36,717 each.

 

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

Thirty-four full-time positions are funded in FY 19. 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. In the FY 19 budget, a sales position was eliminated and replaced with a Maintenance Worker position. The Sales position will be added back to the budget after the next phase of expansion is completed. A step increase effective January 1, 2019 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. An additional part-time, year-round Maintenance Worker position has been funded in FY 19, bringing the total part-time staff in the Maintenance division to fifteen. Overtime in the Maintenance division has been budgeted at $82,000. Projected costs for health insurance, pension, and retiree health are budgeted to decrease, while unemployment is anticipated to increase.

 

CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:

Contracted Services increase in FY 19, and include travel, credit card fees, dry cleaning and advertising. In FY 19, $47,000 has been included for potential city-sponsored events held in the Performing Arts Center. This is an increase from FY 18, when $25,000 was budgeted. Credit card fees were increased $7,500, and a Comcast fiber contract was added at $21,000. Maintenance costs account for $320,683 of the Convention Center budget. Escalator, elevator, HVAC, and equipment repair are budgeted at $235,065, and include HVAC repairs recommended by the Public Works Facilities Manager totaling $24,000. A sound system maintenance contract was added at $28,000. Building maintenance accounts for another $56,177. Overall maintenance costs increase $13,241. Operational supplies include costs for such items as exhibit decorating materials, supplies to clean and maintain the building, aisle and booth carpet, and replacement AV equipment. The Museum’s operating expenses decrease $290 overall. Restoration of the boat room doors and a replacement HVAC system have been funded at a total cost of $13,500. Energy costs for the Convention Center are budgeted to decrease for FY 18. Vehicle fuel and maintenance costs are expected to decrease. Intragovernmental allocations for Vehicle Lease and General Overhead increase, while the allocations for IT Services and insurance decrease. Debt Service includes principal and interest on the 2013 and 2018 bonds and the Energy Performance Lease. Food and Beverage tax receipts and interest will be used to pay the debt service on the bonds. Transfer to Reserves reflects the amount to be set aside for the capital reserve fund. FY 17 capital purchases include items purchased for the Energy Performance contract and a replacement work truck.