TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2021 ADOPTED BUDGET

LEGISLATIVE AND ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISIONS

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

 

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

There are thirty full-time employees in the Legislative and Administrative divisions. A step increase on January 1, 2021 has been included for full-time employees. Retirement of the Human Resources Director and the HR Administrative Coordinator and reorganization of the Human Resources department with elimination of the Training Manager position have been included. Part-time salaries reflect an increase in the number of hours in the Finance department for the seasonal Revenue Specialist position. In the Human Resources department, part-time hours have been included for a Benefits Coordinator for part of the year and an HR Coordinator for the remainder of the year. Health insurance costs for this division increased $38,389. Estimates for retirement and worker’s compensation increase, while the estimate for retiree health decreases. Employee benefits include an allowance for tuition reimbursement, funded at $8,500 for FY 21. Overall, employee benefit costs increase $29,541 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 21 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, implementation and republication of the Town Code, $13,500, and banking services fees funded at $49,200. EMS billing fees have been included at $82,800 and are offset by projected revenue. Printing and postage for two issues of the Town newsletter are also included. Fees for the Acela agenda management system have been funded at $16,244. 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 20. The Intragovernmental allocation for the Information Technology department decreases $6,585 for these divisions. Allocations for Vehicle Lease and Insurance increase, and an allocation for radio equipment lease has been included for the first year.

 

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 $2,166,477 for FY 2021.