GOLF COURSE FUND
TOWN OF OCEAN CITY
FISCAL YEAR 2024 PROPOSED BUDGET
Weekday and weekend rates were instituted for peak spring and fall seasons, and Talon Club and local rates were increased by $5 in FY 18. Revenue estimates increase $309,971 for Greens Fees, Cart rental, Proshop and Concession for FY 24. Admissions Tax revenue for Eagle’s Landing has been budgeted at $77,000. A portion of the irrigation funds received from Worcester County have been recognized to offset EDU charges for FY 24. Miscellaneous revenue includes revenue from golf camps and clinics as well as reimbursement from Worcester County for irrigation expenses. Revenue is anticipated to exceed expenses for FY 24 and an estimated $222,702 will be transferred to reserves in the Golf Course fund.
Eight full-time positions are included in this budget. A step increase effective January 1, 2024 has been included for all eligible employees. Seasonal golf laborers, pro shop employees, concession workers and cart attendants are also employed by this division. Part-time wages increase $5,239 in FY 24. Golf wages are above the current minimum wage, which is $13.25 per hour. No additional hours were requested for part-time positions. Allocations for retirement increase and group insurance decreases. No contribution has been included for retiree health (OPEB).
CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:
Contracted Services include building & equipment maintenance, advertising and credit card fees. A Golf master plan and permitting was funded in FY 23 at $60,000. Greater Ocean City Golf Association fees have been budgeted at $40,000. Advertising has been budgeted at $54,500, and includes a contract with Foreup Marketing at $9,600 and Google ads at $14,300. Payment to Worcester County for septic service has been included at $6,400. Training and travel costs remain the same and include attendance at the Golf Industry Show for the golf Superintendent. No training or travel were requested in the Operations division. The golf cart lease was renegotiated in FY 19 and is included at $101,124. GPS was included in the lease. Supplies & Materials increase $61,220. Replacement dining room chairs have been included at $20,000 in the Operations division. A replacement power washer and a replacement shop welder have been funded in the Maintenance division. Costs are anticipated to increase for chemicals, fertilizer, sand and seed. Maintenance supplies are budgeted at $249,000, which covers all chemicals, fertilizers, irrigation and landscaping supplies for the Golf Course. Purchases for Resale for the Golf Shop and the Golf Concession account for $240,690 of the Golf Course budget, and are expected to increase $23,609 in FY 24. Energy costs are budgeted to decrease slightly, and Worcester County will reimburse the Town for the irrigation pump station electric. Costs for vehicle fuel and vehicle parts are anticipated to increase in FY 24. Intragovernmental allocations for Information Technology, General Overhead expense, vehicle lease and insurance all decrease for FY 24. A pull behind mower, fairway mower and tractor/loader backhoe have been included in Vehicle Trust.