GOLF COURSE FUND

TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2023 PROPOSED BUDGET

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

REVENUE CHANGES:

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 $152,019 for Greens Fees, Cart rental, Proshop and Concession for FY 23. Admissions Tax revenue for Eagle’s Landing has been budgeted at $54,000. A portion of the irrigation funds received from Worcester County have been recognized to offset EDU charges for FY 23. Miscellaneous revenue includes revenue from golf camps and clinics as well as reimbursement from Worcester County for irrigation expenses.

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

Eight full-time positions are included in this budget. A step increase effective January 1, 2023 has been included for all eligible employees. Seasonal golf laborers, pro shop employees, concession workers and cart attendants are also employed by this division. Changes in the pay scale resulting from wage increases approved by the Council for FY 22 and FY 23 have been included at an additional cost of $59,622. Golf wages are above the current minimum wage, which is $12.50 per hour. No additional hours were requested for part time positions. Allocations for retirement and group insurance increase. 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 has been included at $60,000. Greater Ocean City Golf Association fees have been budgeted at $35,635. Advertising has been budgeted at $56,500, and includes a contract with 121 Marketing at $8,600 and Google ads at $14,300. Payment to Worcester County for septic service has been included at $6,311. Training and travel costs remain the same and include attendance at the PGA Merchandise Show for the Golf Pro and the Golf Industry Show for the golf Superintendent. The golf car lease was renegotiated in FY 19 and is included at $101,124. GPS was included in the lease. Supplies & Materials decrease $17,000. A replacement greens topdresser and a fertilizer spreader were included in FY 22 at $20,200. Costs are anticipated to increase for chemicals, fertilizer, sand and seed. Maintenance supplies are budgeted at $220,500, 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 $217,081 of the Golf Course budget, and are expected to increase in FY 23. 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 23. Intragovernmental allocations for radio equipment and insurance increase, while the allocations for Information Technology and vehicle lease decrease. A replacement heavy duty utility vehicle and a replacement greens mower were included in VehicleTrust.