TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2018 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 at $900,000. Total revenue for this division is budgeted $141,000 higher than the FY 17 adopted budget. The Town contribution to funding of this division was $622,755 in FY 17, and has decreased to $564,480 in FY 18.

 

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

There are currently 11 full-time employees in these two divisions. In FY 09, there were 15. A part-time Office Associate position has been converted to full-time in the FY 18  budget. An additional Plans Examiner position was requested but not funded. A step increase has been included effective January 1, 2018 for full-time employees. A part-time building inspector has been funded for fourteen weeks. Group insurance and pension increases account for $64,413 of the increase in employee benefits. Health insurance for the Office Associate position has been included.

 

CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:

Contracted Services increases $353. Legal services from the City attorney and for the boards account for $29,000 of this line item, and are projected to decrease $2,000 for FY 18. Credit card fees for the online permitting system, new in FY 15, are estimated at $8,000. Training costs are budgeted at $9,368 and include attendance at the American Association of Code Enforcement conference, and the National Hurricane conference. Training has also been included for the Building Inspectors to perform plan reviews during vacation leave of the Plans Examiner. 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, parts and labor costs are anticipated to increase slightly for this division. Fuel costs are budgeted at the actual number of gallons used in FY 16. Intragovernmental allocations for Vehicle Lease, Information Technology, and insurance increase for this division.