TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2018 ADOPTED BUDGET

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

 

REVENUE CHANGES:

The overall IT budget increases $96,677 for FY 18, resulting in an increase in charges to most funds. 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 $156,790 and are allocated directly to the departments that use this software.

 

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

Nine positions are funded in this budget. One PC Specialist position was eliminated in FY 11. Funding for a step increase effective January 1, 2018 has been included. No part-time employees are utilized by this department. Benefit costs increase for health insurance, retiree health and pension.

 

CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:

Software support, maintenance and software upgrades account for $595,860 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 $156,790 annually. Maintenance and software support for all other software programs totals $439,070. Software support has increased $164,000 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 $66,538. Annual cleaning of all city surveillance cameras is included at $12,475. Training and Travel costs were budgeted at $18,000 for this division. Included items are: attendance at the H.T.E. National conference for two employees, $3,800; an SQL class, $4,600; H.T.E. web training and laserfiche training. A service to provide off-site data recovery was added during FY 17 budget wrap-up at a cost of $54,000, and will be an on-going, annual expense. Operational Supplies have been increased $11,975. Funded supplies include: Naviline Edge, $13,920; Network storage, $38,062; a replacement AS400 printer, $11,625 and Microsoft software assurance, $70,000. Police department approved equipment totals $39,263, and EMS equipment has been included at $20,068. Continuation of the surveillance camera project and the Radwin license radio upgrade totaling $170,000 have been included in capital projects in the General Fund. Intragovernmental allocations for General Overhead expense and vehicle lease increase for this division.