TOWN OF OCEAN CITY
FISCAL YEAR 2020 PROPOSED BUDGET
FIRE MARSHAL DIVISION
A 20% surcharge for Fire Marshal plan review is added to Planning & Zoning review fees. This method has been more successful in recovering costs associated with the process than methods used in the past. Fire Marshal revenue is budgeted at $211,000, a projected increase of $9,000. In FY 18, funds received from Homeland Securities grants were included, and will be added to the FY 20 budget as received.
Seven full-time employees are included in this division. Two positions have been eliminated since 2009. Retirement is anticipated for the Deputy Fire Chief and the Plans Examiner in FY 20. A Deputy Fire Marshal I position and a part-time Fire Safety Inspector position will replace the Plans Examiner position. A step increase has been scheduled for members of the IAFF bargaining unit and the Command staff on July 1, 2019. A longevity bonus was also approved in the contract. Employees not in the bargaining unit are scheduled to receive a step increase on January 1, 2020. Pension, health insurance and retiree health increase for this division, while the allocation for worker’s compensation decreases.
CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:
Comprehensive physicals, communications expense, and training are examples of costs included in Contracted Services. Estimates for Communications and medical payments increase slightly for FY 20. Training has been budgeted at $9,605 and includes monthly bomb training and attendance for one employee at the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators conference. Funds were also included to send one employee to the Police Academy. The monthly fee for the online bonfire permitting system has been included at $2,200. Equipment maintenance costs are expected to decrease $3,860. Equipment maintained in this division includes x-ray machines, a dosimitor and hazardous materials id equipment. Maintenance on the bomb robot has been completed in-house since FY 15. An allowance of $5,050 for repair parts has been included in Operational Supplies. A radio has been requested for the part-time employee. Overall, Operational Supplies increase $2,750. Uniform costs are funded at the same level as FY 19. The safety shoe allowance is set at $190 per pair as part of the bargaining agreement. Vehicle fuel has been budgeted at the two-year average number of gallons, and is expected to decrease $506. Vehicle maintenance costs increase and include $22,340 for upfitting costs for two vehicles included in the Vehicle Trust Fund budget. Intragovernmental expenses reflect a reduction in the allocation for Vehicle lease and insurance and an increase in the allocation for IT services. No capital outlay has been included for this division. Two replacement pickup trucks were included in Vehicle Trust for this division.