TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2018 ADOPTED BUDGET

LEGISLATIVE AND ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISIONS

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

 

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

There are thirty-one employees in the Legislative and Administrative divisions. A step increase on January 1, 2018 has been included for full-time employees. No new full-time positions were requested. Part-time salaries have been included for a seasonal Revenue Specialist for the Finance department and for vacation coverage for Human Resources. Health insurance costs are expected to increase 5% in FY 18, resulting in a cost increase of $40,995 for these divisions. The anticipated rate of return on investments for the pension plan has been reduced from 7.5% to 7%, resulting in an increase of $46,955 for these divisions. Employee benefits also include an allowance for tuition reimbursement, funded at $12,500 for FY 18, an increase of $2,500. Total employee benefit cost increases are budgeted at $99,955 for the legislative and administrative divisions.

 

CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:

Contracted Services include professional services such as legal fees and consultants, maintenance, travel and training, printing and dues. Legal expenses account for $441,950 of the Contracted Services line item in this division. The FOP contract negotiations are included in the FY 18 budget at $125,000. No labor negotiations were anticipated in FY 17, and the total legal budget was $350,750. An allowance for other employment issues that may arise has been included at $100,000. Other expenses included in the Contracted Services line item are the annual Town audit, funded at $60,000, the biannual actuarial study of retiree health insurance funded at $15,000, and banking services fees funded at $48,000. EMS billing fees have been included at $83,840 and are offset by projected revenue of $1,048,000. Printing and postage for two issues of the Town newsletter are also included. The facilitator for strategic planning has been funded at $20,000 and the fees for the Acela agenda management system have been funded at $14,028. Also included is the Affordable Care Act IRS Preparation/Filing fee of $10,000. Travel and Training costs in this division increase slightly. Training included in this division are the Government Finance Officer’s conference, the National Hurricane conference for three council members, the Mayor, and the City Manager, and the IIMC annual conference for the City Clerk and Deputy City Clerk. Under Supplies and Materials, postage has been included at $121,990, slightly lower than FY 17. The Intragovernmental allocation for the Information Technology department increases $28,880 for these divisions. Allocations for Risk Management and Vehicle Lease remain about the same.

 

SUMMARY COMMENTS:

These divisions are responsible for overall Town management, business functions, and record-keeping. The Mayor & Council, City Clerk, City Manager, Finance, Legal and Human Resources divisions are included in the summary. Administrative costs to manage the Town’s various enterprise funds are allocated based on total expenses, number of personnel, and number of transactions performed for each fund.  This reimbursement totals $2,160,786 for FY 2018.