TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2019 ADOPTED BUDGET

FIRE MARSHAL DIVISION

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

 

REVENUE CHANGES:

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 $202,000, a projected increase of $1,500. In FY 17, funds received from Homeland Securities grants were included, and will be added to the FY 19 budget as received.

 

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

Seven full-time employees are included in this division. Two positions have been eliminated since 2009. A step increase and a 1.5% COLA has been scheduled for members of the IAFF bargaining unit and the Command staff on July 1, 2018. Employees not in the bargaining unit are scheduled to receive a step increase on January 1, 2019. Health insurance costs increase for this division, while allocations for retiree health and pension decrease.

 

CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:

Comprehensive physicals, communications expense, and training are examples of costs included in Contracted Services. Estimates for Communications and medical payments decrease slightly for FY 19. Training has been budgeted at $6,910 and includes hazardous materials training, monthly bomb training and attendance for one employee at the International Association of Arson Investigators seminar. The monthly fee for the online bonfire permitting system has been included at $2,200. Equipment maintenance costs are expected to remain level. 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 $4,650 for repair parts has been included in Operational Supplies. Overall, Operational Supplies increase $2,600 to reflect actual expenses for the past two fiscal years. Uniform costs are funded at the same level as FY 18. The safety shoe allowance is set at $190 per pair as part of the bargaining agreement. Items funded with Homeland Security grants were included in FY 17, resulting in higher expenses that year. Vehicle fuel has been budgeted at the three-year average number of gallons, and is expected to decrease $708. Vehicle maintenance costs are also budgeted to decrease in FY 19. Intragovernmental expenses reflect a reduction in the allocation for IT services and insurance, and an increase in Vehicle Lease. No capital outlay has been included for this division. No vehicle replacements for this division have been proposed in the Vehicle Trust Fund.