PLANNING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2023 PROPOSED BUDGET

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

REVENUE:

Building Permit Revenue, the largest revenue generator in this division, has been budgeted to increase $170,000 to $1,020,000. Total revenue for this division is budgeted $186,800 higher than the FY 22 adopted budget. The Town contribution to funding of this division was $643,813 in FY 22, which has increased to $744,879 in FY 23.

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

The number of full-time employees was increased from thirteen to fourteen in FY 23 as the Environmental Engineer position was transferred to this division from Engineering. A step increase has been included effective January 1, 2023 for full-time Employees. A part-time building inspector has been funded for eighteen weeks. A part- time position has been included at 16 hours per week for twelve weeks for Boardwalk code enforcement and to assist with GIS work. A part-time Office Associate position has been funded to scan documents and permits. Group insurance increases, and includes the benefits for the Environmental Engineer. The allocation for worker’s compensation decreases. No contribution has been funded for OPEB in FY 23.

CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:

Contracted Services increase $92,183. Legal services from the City attorney and for the boards account for $46,000 of this line item, and are projected to increase $13,500 for FY 23. Credit card fees for the online permitting system, new in FY 15, are estimated to increase $7,000 to $36,600. Third party review of large projects has been funded at $70,000. Training costs are budgeted at $5,060 and include attendance at the American Association of Code Enforcement conference, and the National Hurricane conference. Other items funded in Contracted Services include equipment maintenance, dues and advertising. Funding for the Ocean City Development Corporation has again been included. The OCDC has requested that both the Town’s Contribution and Worcester County’s contributions be increased from $100,000 each to $125,000 each. Vehicle fuel is anticipated to increase $1,136 for FY 23. Vehicle parts and labor costs are anticipated to decrease $900 for this division. Intragovernmental allocations for Vehicle Lease, insurance, Information Technology, and radio equipment lease increase for this division.