TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2020 PROPOSED 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, 2020 has been included for full-time employees. The Human Resources Administrator position was upgraded and the salary increase is reflected in full-time salaries. Retirement of a long-term employee in the Mayor’s office resulted in savings in full-time salaries. Part-time salaries have been included for a seasonal Revenue Specialist for the Finance department and for vacation coverage for Human Resources. Although health insurance costs are expected to increase in FY 20, health costs for this division decreased $33,119. Estimates for retiree health and worker’s compensation increase, while the estimate for retirement decreases. Employee benefits include an allowance for tuition reimbursement, funded at $8,500 for FY 20. Overall, employee benefit costs decrease $23,800 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 $410,000of the Contracted Services line item in this division. The IAFF contract negotiations were included in the FY 19 budget at $200,000. An allowance for other employment issues that may arise has been included at $151,500. Other expenses included in the Contracted Services line item are the annual Town audit, funded at $57,300, a consultant to assist with the CAFR preparation and end of the year fiscal close funded at $5,000, and banking services fees funded at $49,200. Funding for a strategic planning facilitator has been included at $14,000. EMS billing fees have been included at $84,800 and are offset by projected revenue of $1,060,000. Printing and postage for two issues of the Town newsletter are also included. 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, slightly lower than FY 19. The Intragovernmental allocation for the Information Technology department increases $14,967 for these divisions. Vehicle lease allocation increases slightly, while the insurance allocation decreases slightly.

 

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 to each fund. This reimbursement totals $2,318,379 for FY 2020.