TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2021 PROPOSED BUDGET

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

 

REVENUE CHANGES:

In FY 21, an additional $43,512 was charged to departments to cover the expenditure increases. Comcast Fiber connections for Fire station 4 and for the Convention Center and the Comcast circuit have been charged to the Equipment Trust Fund and paid for with funds collected from water tower antenna rental revenue dedicated to City-wide communications expenses. Maintenance costs for the CAD/RMS system cost $172,000 and are allocated directly to the departments that use this software.

 

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

Nine full-time positions are funded in this budget. One PC Specialist position was eliminated in FY 11. Funding for a step increase effective January 1, 2021 has been included. No part-time employees are utilized by this department. Overtime estimates were reduced $1,010. Benefit costs increase for health insurance and retirement and decrease for retiree health and worker’s compensation.

 

CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:

Software support, maintenance and software upgrades account for $633,275 of the IT budget. A large component of this line item is the software support for the CAD/RMS software. This maintenance agreement costs $172,000 annually. In FY 20, the Superion software programs were moved to a Cloud version. Updates are performed by Superion instead of by Town employees, and the fee for Superion data recovery is no longer necessary. Maintenance and support is covered by the annual fee for this service, which is $165,272. Maintenance and software support for all other software programs totals $296,003. Expenses in Contracted Services include professional services, travel and training, dues and communications expenses. The Comcast service for the boardwalk surveillance project is budgeted at $65,400. Annual cleaning of all city surveillance cameras is included at $17,250. Training and Travel costs were budgeted at $8,320 for this division. Included items are: attendance at the Central Square National conference for two employees, $4,000; a laserfiche online training center fee of $1,920 and a Central Square training fee of $2,400. A service to provide off-site data recovery was added during the FY 17 budget and has been included at a cost of $40,695. Operational Supplies decrease $123,661 because the fee to move the Superion applications to the cloud was included at $173,761 in the FY 20 budget. This has been replaced with the annual service fee of $165,272 budgeted in the Contracted Services line item. Funded supplies include: replacement PCs, laptops and Toughbook computers, $57,246; and Microsoft software assurance, $30,000. Replacement of three core switches at a cost of $47,541 have also been included. Fifteen replacement toughbooks and a call recording system were approved for the Police department at a cost of $66,212. EMS equipment has been included at $33,550. A replacement AS400 printer has been included for the Finance department at a cost of $12,875. Intragovernmental allocations for radio and vehicle lease increase for this division, while the allocation for General Overhead decreases. Continuation of the surveillance camera project has been funded through the General Fund capital projects at $60,000.