CONVENTION CENTER FUND & MUSEUM

TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2023 PROPOSED BUDGET

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

REVENUE CHANGES:

Budgeted revenue for Hall Rental and rental of the Performing Arts Center increases $75,000 in FY 23. Special Events revenue includes $50,000 anticipated from the Holiday Shopper’s Fair, and $43,000 for city- sponsored events to be held in the Performing Arts Center. Revenue estimates for Concession Revenue and Service Charges increase $5,000. Sales/Other reflects membership dues for the Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. These funds and the costs of the Bureau were moved to the General Fund in FY 23. 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 $1,620,000 that will go toward debt retirement in FY 23. $200,000 will go into a fund for capital improvements at the Convention Center. Both the State Operating grant and the Town’s contribution will increase $263,544 for FY 23.

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

Thirty-five full-time positions are funded in FY 23. Two part-time Maintenance Worker positions were converted to full-time in FY 23. The Destination Sales Manager position was moved to the Tourism Division. A Sales Director position was added in Tourism and is funded 50% in the Convention Center budget. A step increase effective January 1, 2023 has been included. Wage adjustments due to the increase in wage table minimums 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. Twelve part-time, year-round Maintenance Workers and one part-time Event Coordinator are utilized by the Convention Center, while three Museum Aides and an Office Associate are funded in the Museum division. In addition, staffing of the Welcome Center at the Convention Center has been included at $14,250. Overtime in the Maintenance division is funded at $75,000. Benefits have been included for the two new full-time positions. Projected costs for health insurance, retirement, and worker’s compensation increase. No contribution to retiree health has been funded.

CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:

Contracted Services decrease in FY 23. Travel and dues for the Sales staff have been funded through the Tourism division. Costs to redesign and host the Convention Center microsites have also been funded through Tourism. Other Contracted Services include credit card fees, dry cleaning and advertising. In FY 23, $50,000 has been included for potential city-sponsored events held in the Performing Arts Center. Credit card fees were budgeted at $27,077, and a Comcast fiber contract was included at $21,312. Ungerboeck software annual fees have been included at $33,560. Maintenance costs account for $550,223 of the Convention Center budget. Escalator, elevator, HVAC, and equipment repair are budgeted at $483,223. HVAC repairs recommended by the Public Works Facilities Manager total $85,000. The HVAC annual contract cost increased $112,200 for FY 23. Building maintenance accounts for another $67,700. Overall, maintenance costs increase $211,894. In the Museum budget, painting of the Museum has been included at $25,000, and routine maintenance has been included at $14,999. Operational supplies for the Convention Center include costs for such items as exhibit decorating materials, supplies to clean and maintain the building, aisle and booth carpet, and replacement AV equipment. Costs for aisle and booth carpet and for replacement portable stage components increase $30,000. Energy costs for the Convention Center are budgeted to increase $30,000 in FY 23, to heat, cool and provide electricity to the expanded area. Vehicle maintenance costs are expected to decrease. Intragovernmental allocations for property insurance increase. Debt Service includes principal and interest on the 2013, 2018, and 2021 bonds and the Energy Performance Lease, and increase $33,875 for FY 23. Food and Beverage tax receipts, interest, and prior year Food Tax reserves will be used to pay the debt service on the bonds. Transfer to Reserves includes $200,000 to be set aside for the capital maintenance fund.