LEGISLATIVE & ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISIONS
TOWN OF OCEAN CITY
FISCAL YEAR 2023 ADOPTED BUDGET
There are thirty full-time positions in the Legislative and Administrative divisions. A step increase on January 1, 2023 has been included for full-time employees. An Assistant City Manager position was added to the City Manager’s staff and a Recruitment, Diversity and Inclusion position was added to Human Resources. Part-time hours for an Office Associate position have been included in both the Human Resources and City Clerk’s budgets for vacation and sick leave coverage. Estimates for retirement and health insurance have been budgeted to increase. Due to the Town’s decision to convert to a Medicare Advantage Plan for retirees, no contribution to the OPEB fund has been included for FY 23, as it is anticipated that the plan is fully funded. Employee benefits include an allowance for tuition reimbursement, funded at $8,000 for FY 23. Including the benefits for the two new positions, employee benefits increase $45,633 for the legislative and administrative division.
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 $600,000 of the Contracted Services line item in this division. Crown Castle legal fees are budgeted at $250,000. An allowance for other issues that may arise, such as windfarm and other personnel issues has been included at $150,000. Other expenses included in the Contracted Services line item are the annual Town audit, funded at $55,000 and banking services fees funded at $45,000. EMS billing fees have been included at $84,320 and are offset by projected revenue. Fees for the Acela agenda management system have been funded at $16,250. Also included are $14,000 for election expenses, $25,000 for a Compensation Study for General employees, and $10,000 for Learning Management Software for HR. Travel and Training costs in this division decrease 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 VMCA academy for the City Clerk and Deputy City Clerk. Under Supplies and Materials, postage has been included at $130,484, an increase of $9,019. Applicant tracking software has been included in the Human Resources budget at $6,352. The Intragovernmental allocation for the Information Technology department increases $23,807 for these divisions. Allocations for insurance and radio equipment lease also 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 $2,098,965 for FY 2023.