TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2020 ADOPTED BUDGET

CONVENTION CENTER FUND AND MUSEUM

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

 

REVENUE CHANGES:

Budgeted revenue for Service Charges decreases $21,000 for FY 20. Revenue for the Performing Arts Center has is estimated at $80,000. Special Events revenue includes $53,000 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 increase $2,500. 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 $1,430,000 that will go toward debt retirement in FY 20. $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 $46,172 each.

 

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

Thirty-four full-time positions are funded in FY 20. 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, 2020 has been included. Wage adjustments due to the increase in minimum wage to $11/hour have also 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 was added inFY 19, bringing the total part-time staff in the Maintenance division to fifteen. Overtime in the Maintenance division has been budgeted at $88,000, an increase of $6,000. In the Museum division, the hours for the part-time museum aides were reduced and a part-time, year-round Office Associate position has been funded.Projected costs for health insurance, pension, retiree health, and unemployment are budgeted to increase, while the allocation for worker’s compensation decreases.

 

CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:

Contracted Services increase in FY 20, and include travel, credit card fees, dry cleaning and advertising. In FY 20, $47,000 has been included for potential city-sponsored events held in the Performing Arts Center. Credit card fees were budgeted at $25,000, and a Comcast fiber contract was included at $21,000. Funds received from Centerplate in a prior year will be recognized to offset the cost of the fiber contract. Maintenance costs account for $301,663 of the Convention Center budget. Escalator, elevator, HVAC, and equipment repair are budgeted at $216,045. HVAC repairs recommended by the Public Works Facilities Manager totaling $109,000 will be paid for through the capital improvement fund. A sound system maintenance contract is included at $28,000. Building maintenance accounts for another $85,618. Waxing of the terrazzo floors has been added at $13,000. Overall maintenance costs decrease $19,020. 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 $615 overall. At the Museum, restoration of the windows and replacement of the dry valve and air compressor in the fire sprinkler system were included at $12,000. Energy costs for the Convention Center are budgeted to decrease for FY 20 and include $53,366 in solar rebates. Vehicle maintenance costs are expected to increase. Intragovernmental allocations for Vehicle Lease, General Overhead, 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 18 capital purchases included expansion of the wifi service and surveillance equipment.