TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2019 ADOPTED BUDGET

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

 

REVENUE CHANGES:

IT Fund balance in the amount of $50,000 will be utilized in FY 19 to cover the expenditure increase of $22,728. Charges to most funds were reduced for FY 19 as a result. 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 $159,123 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, 2019 has been included. No part-time employees are utilized by this department. Benefit costs decrease for health insurance, retiree health and pension.

 

CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:

Software support, maintenance and software upgrades account for $611,750 of the IT budget. This accounts for more than half of the operating costs of the department. A large component of this line item is the software support for the CAD/RMS software. This maintenance agreement costs $159,123 annually. Maintenance and software support for all other software programs totals $452,627. Software support has increased $180,000 since FY 13. 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 $52,800. Annual cleaning of all city surveillance cameras is included at $12,475. Training and Travel costs were budgeted at $20,010 for this division. Included items are: attendance at the H.T.E. National conference for two employees, $3,800; online training, H.T.E. web training and laserfiche training. Attendance at the VM World conference and the Ungerboeck conference has also been included. A service to provide off-site data recovery was added during the FY 17 budget and has been included at a cost of $42,100. Operational Supplies have been increased $51,520. Funded supplies include: replacement laptops and Toughbook computers, $32,800; continued replacement of surveillance cameras, $50,000; and Microsoft software assurance, $45,000. Fifteen replacement toughbooks were approved for the Police department at a cost of $55,500, and EMS equipment has been included at $23,984. Rugged laptop replacement has also been approved for the Emergency Management division. Intragovernmental allocations for General Overhead expense and vehicle lease increase for this division.