TOWN OF OCEAN CITY
FISCAL YEAR 2022 PROPOSED BUDGET
In FY 22, an additional $4,659 was charged to departments to cover minimal 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 $177,000 and are allocated directly to the departments that use this software.
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, 2022 has been included. No part-time employees are utilized by this department. Savings resulting from the retirement of long-term employees result in a reduction in full-time salaries. Benefit costs increase for retiree health and retirement and decrease for health insurance and worker’s compensation.
CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:
Software support, maintenance and software upgrades account for $621,298 of the IT budget. A large component of this line item is the software support for the CAD/RMS software. This maintenance agreement costs $177,000 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 are covered by the annual fee for this service, which is $165,752. Maintenance and software support for all other software programs totals $278,546. 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 $65,968. Annual cleaning of all city surveillance cameras is included at $16,566. Training and Travel costs were budgeted at $5,920 for this division. Included items are: attendance at the Central Square National conference for two employees, $4,000, and a laserfiche online training center fee of $1,920. 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 are funded at $299,567. Funded supplies include: replacement PCs, laptops and Toughbook computers, $64,300; and Microsoft software assurance, $25,000. A pure storage flash array has been funded at $65,841. Fifteen replacement toughbooks were approved for the Police department at a cost of $55,500. EMS equipment has been included at $30,200. Four replacement toughbooks for the Emergency Services department were funded at $14,800. Intragovernmental allocations for radio and General Overhead increase for this division, while the allocation for vehicle lease decreases.