TOWN OF OCEAN CITY
FISCAL YEAR 2022 PROPOSED BUDGET
Funding from State Police Aid decreases $106,150 for FY 22. Grants received in FY 20 totaled $71,298 and will be added to the FY 22 budget as received. Revenue from parking fines is expected to increase $115,000. Revenue from tow fines is anticipated to remain level. Building rental for District Court was renegotiated in June 2011 and will be renegotiated in FY 21. Municipal Infractions and revenue from impounded vehicles are expected to decrease $3,000.
Ten additional Police officer positions have been funded, bringing the total number of Police employees to 143, which includes 116 sworn officers, 25 civilian employees and 2 animal control officers. Estimated salary increases for all Police employees including the Fraternal Order of Police bargaining unit have been included at $131,020. Specialty pay has also been included for members of the bargaining unit. Funding for reserve officers decreased from $195,000 to $150,000. Part-time salaries include 50 seasonal officers and 68 Public Safety Aides. A step increase effective January 1, 2022 has been included for all full-time civilian employees. Part-time salaries increase due to an increase in minimum wage to $11.75 per hour beginning January 1, 2021. Seasonal officers will be paid $16.37 per hour for the summer of 2021 and $16.74 per hour in the summer of 2022. Overtime is budgeted at the FY 21 level of $1,143,000. Benefit costs for the ten additional positions have been included. Allocations for health insurance, retiree health and pension increase, while the allocation for worker’s compensation decreases. Projected pension contributions increase $543,598 for the Public Safety pension plan.
CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:
Contracted Services include $258,000 in towing expenses and $176,063 for telephone and radio parts expense. Cell phones have been included for all Patrol division staff, increasing the line item cost by $41,894. Three additional cell phones have been requested for the civilian forensics staff. Training and Travel has been budgeted at $264,442, an increase of $15,340, and includes $20,000 for court-related travel, and $36,281 for mandated training expenses. Recruiting expenses are included at $20,000, and housing costs for the Carroll County training academy have been included at $15,000. Funding for allied agency assistance for major special events at a cost of $15,000 has also been included. Consultants for legal and policy review have been included at $10,000 and psychological testing for seasonal officers has been included at $22,320. A promotional process was funded at $4,000. The contract to cover the costs of boarding, hay and feed for the Mounted unit has been funded at a cost of $40,500. Overall funding for Contracted Services increases 5.5% for FY 22. Funding for general building and equipment maintenance decreases, but includes $107,050 in repairs to the HVAC system recommended by the Public Works Facilities Manager. Refurbishment of the CID/General Assignment area has been funded at $35,000. Two large-scale projects totaling $73,000 were included in the FY 21 budget. Supplies and Materials include all operational supplies and uniform costs. Ammunition purchases are also included in this line item at a cost of $53,302, an increase of $11,756 over FY 21. Patrol operational supplies increase $21,064 and include a drone and mapping software at $10,289. A replacement camera for the new paddy wagon has also been included at $10,000. Replacement uniforms and items included in the Fraternal Order of Police contract are included in this line item at a cost of $207,838. Replacement ballistic and tactical vests have been budgeted. Energy costs decrease slightly and reflect rebates due to participation in the solar energy contract. Vehicle fuel, parts and labor costs are all budgeted to decrease in FY 22. Funds to upfit six vehicles including the addition of lights, sirens, striping and prisoner partitions have been included at $121,200. 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 $129,970 annually. Overall, the allocation for IT services increases $10,051. Vehicle lease payments to the Vehicle Trust Fund decrease in FY 22. Property and General Liability insurance allocations increase $9,468 for this division. Radio equipment lease was included at $139,461. Four Ford Explorers, a Tahoe and a prisoner transport van have been included in Vehicle Trust. Capital outlay includes an upgrade of the UPS system at the Public Safety building, at $110,000.