TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2021 ADOPTED BUDGET

PLANNING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

 

REVENUE:

Building Permit Revenue, the largest revenue generator in this division, has been budgeted to decrease $100,000 to $800,000. Total revenue for this division is budgeted $117,475 lower than the FY 20 adopted budget. The Town contribution to funding of this division was $554,176 in FY 20, and has increased to $600,159 in FY 21.

 

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

There are currently 12 full-time employees in these two divisions. In FY 09, there were 15. A part-time Office Associate position was converted to full-time in the FY 18 budget. A step increase has been included effective January 1, 2021 for full-time employees. Full-Time salaries decrease $43,085 as long-term employees retired in FY 19. A part-time building inspector has been funded for eighteen weeks. Conversion of this position to full-time was requested, but not funded. Part-time Boardwalk enforcement has been included for eight hours/week for twelve weeks. A seasonal planning intern has been budgeted to assist with the nuisance flood plan. Group insurance and the allocation for pension increase for this division, while the allocations for retiree health, worker’s compensation and unemployment decrease.

 

CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:

Contracted Services increase $2,328. Legal services from the City attorney and for the boards account for $23,000 of this line item, and are projected to remain level for FY 21. Credit card fees for the online permitting system, new in FY 15, are estimated to increase $3,800 to $18,800. Training costs are budgeted at $5,740 and include attendance at the American Association of Code Enforcement conference, and the National Hurricane conference. Training has also been included for Administrative training for Superion upgrades. Other items funded in Contracted Services include equipment maintenance, dues and advertising. Funding for the Ocean City Development Corporation has again been included. The City’s contribution continues to be $100,000 with an anticipated $100,000 contribution from Worcester County. Vehicle fuel is anticipated to increase slightly for FY 21. Vehicle parts and labor costs are anticipated to decrease $2,800 for this division. Intragovernmental allocations for Vehicle Lease, insurance and radio equipment lease increase for this division, while the allocation for Information Technology decreases for this division. A ½ ton pickup truck has been budgeted in Vehicle Trust.