TOWN OF OCEAN CITY
FISCAL YEAR 2022 PROPOSED BUDGET
LEGISLATIVE AND ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISIONS
There are twenty-eight full-time employees in the Legislative and Administrative divisions. A step increase on January 1, 2022 has been included for full-time employees. Two employees, the Communications Manager and the Digital Communications Coordinator have been transferred to the newly-formed Communications and Marketing Department, and are no longer funded in the City Manager’s department. Part-time salaries were added in the City Clerk’s department for vacation coverage and office coverage. In the Human Resources department, part-time hours have been included for an Office Associate position. Estimates for retirement and retiree health increase, while the estimates for worker’s compensation and health insurance decrease. Employee benefits include an allowance for tuition reimbursement, funded at $10,000 for FY 22. Overall, employee benefit costs increase $37,881 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 $500,000 of the Contracted Services line item in this division. The FOP contract negotiations are included in the FY 22 budget at $80,000. An allowance for other issues that may arise, such as tax differential, windfarm and other personnel issues has been included at $270,000. Other expenses included in the Contracted Services line item are the annual Town audit, funded at $60,000, a biannual actuarial study to determine retiree health contributions, $11,000 and banking services fees funded at $49,200. EMS billing fees have been included at $84,320 and are offset by projected revenue. Printing expense for the Town’s newsletter has been moved to the Communications/Marketing department. Fees for the Acela agenda management system have been funded at $15,470. Also included is the Affordable Care Act IRS Preparation/Filing fee of $10,000. Travel and Training costs in this division remain level. 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 VMCA academy for the City Clerk and Deputy City Clerk. Under Supplies and Materials, postage has been included at $121,450, the same level as FY 21. Applicant tracking software has been included in the Human Resources budget at $5,000. The Intragovernmental allocation for the Information Technology department decreases $33,758 for these divisions. Allocations for insurance and radio equipment lease increase.
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 to each fund. This reimbursement totals $2,279,533 for FY 2022.