PLANNING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2022 ADOPTED BUDGET

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

REVENUE:

Building Permit Revenue, the largest revenue generator in this division, has been budgeted to increase $50,000 to $850,000. Total revenue for this division is budgeted $31,000 higher than the FY 21 adopted budget. The Town contribution to funding of this division was $600,159 in FY 21, which has increased to $643,813 in FY 22.

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

The number of full-time employees was increased from twelve to thirteen in FY 22 with the addition of a third Building Inspector position. 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, 2022 for full-time employees. Full-Time salaries increase $34,237, which reflects the addition of a Building Inspector position. The cost of the additional position is partially offset by the retirement of a long-term employee. A part- time building inspector has been funded for eighteen weeks. Part-time Boardwalk enforcement has been included for eight hours/week for twelve weeks. Group insurance and the allocation for retiree health increase for this division, while the allocations for retirement and worker’s compensation decrease. Benefits have been included for the additional full-time position.

CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:

Contracted Services increase $20,748. Legal services from the City attorney and for the boards account for $32,500 of this line item, and are projected to increase $9,500 for FY 22. Credit card fees for the online permitting system, new in FY 15, are estimated to increase $10,800 to $29,600. Training costs are budgeted at $5,625 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 22. Vehicle parts and labor costs are anticipated to decrease $973 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.