TOWN OF OCEAN CITY
FISCAL YEAR 2018 ADOPTED BUDGET
Funding from State Police Aid increases $69,146 for FY 18. Grants received in FY 16 totaled $171,326 and will be added to the FY 18 budget as received. Revenue from parking fines is expected to increase $45,000. Revenue from tow fines is anticipated to increase $174,865 as the Council instituted a rate increase. Payments to tow operators increase $68,685 on the expense side. Building rental for District Court was renegotiated in June 2011 and has been budgeted according to the lease.
A step increase has been funded for the civilian staff effective January 1, 2018. The Fraternal Order of Police bargaining unit will receive a step increase on 12/31/17 and a 2% cost of living adjustment on 1/1/18 per their contract. Specialty pay has also been included for members of the bargaining unit. One additional sworn officer position was added beginning January 1, 2018, bringing the total number of Police employees to 133. A reclassification of two Public Safety Aide positions to Custody Officer at a cost of $3,904 has been included in full-time salaries. The overall increase in full-time salaries is $327,643. Four additional positions were requested, but not funded: one Police Officer, a Recruiting & Background Specialist, and two Police Custody Officer Trainees. Part time salaries in the Patrol division include 80 seasonal officers and 36 Public Safety Aides. The allowance for reserve officers increases from $105,000 to $130,000. Overtime in Services increases to cover additional PSAs on the boardwalk during certain times of the season. Allocations for health insurance, retiree health, pension and worker’s compensation increase while Unemployment decreases. Increased pension funding accounts for $280,276 of the increase in this line item.
CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:
Contracted Services include $283,685 in towing expenses and $122,582 for telephone and radio parts expense. Training and Travel has been budgeted at $236,697, an increase of $5,469, and includes $30,000 for court-related travel, $34,096 for mandated training expenses, and $12,000 for recruiting. Funding forallied agency assistance for major special events at a cost of $20,000 has also been included. Consultants for legal and policy review have been included at $30,000 and psychological testing for seasonal officers has been included at $28,800. A Sergeant Assessment process has been funded at $11,250. The contract to cover the costs of boarding, hay and feed for the Mounted unit has been funded at a cost of $36,000. Overall funding for Contracted Services increases 2% for FY 18. Funding for general building and equipment maintenance increases to include $117,700 in repairs to the HVAC system recommended by the Public Works Facilities Manager. Additional HVAC repairs totaling $62,000 were deferred until FY 19. The FY 17 budget included HVAC repairs totaling $93,000. Supplies and Materials include all operational supplies and uniform costs. Ammunition purchases are also included in this line item at a cost of $33,170. Replacement uniforms and items included in the Fraternal Order of Police contract are included in this line item at a cost of $199,270,an increase of $19,330 from the FY 17 adopted budget. Ballistic and tactical vests have been budgeted $15,000 higher and PSA Safety shirts have been included at $3,600. Personal safety tourniquet kits and vehicle emergency GO bags have been funded at $15,000. Items purchased with forfeiture and grant funds were included in the FY 16 actual expenses. Vehicle fuel costs are expected to increase in FY 18, while vehicle parts and labor costs are projected to decrease. Funds to add lights, sirens, and striping to five replacement vehicles has been included at $88,840. The Police department’s portion of the CAD/RMS maintenance costs are charged through Intragovernmental expenses. Maintenance and support for this system cost this department $115,130 annually. Overall, the allocation for IT services increases $15,493. Vehicle lease payments to the Vehicle Trust Fund decrease $2,958 in FY 18. Property and General Liability insurance allocations decrease for this division. Capital outlay in FY 16 included items purchased with Homeland Security and Customs grants, and a replacement fingerprint reader. A replacement Animal Control van, Marked Tahoe 4×2 and four marked Caprices have been funded through Vehicle Trust.