TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2020 ADOPTED BUDGET

POLICE DIVISION

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

 

REVENUE CHANGES:

Funding from State Police Aid increases $10,019 for FY 20. Grants received in FY 18 totaled $115,576 and will be added to the FY 20 budget as received. Revenue from parking fines is expected to increase $102,550. Revenue from tow fines is anticipated to decrease $57,000. Building rental for District Court was renegotiated in June 2011 and has been budgeted according to the lease. Municipal Infractions and revenue from impounded vehicles are expected to increase $23,000.

 

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

A step increase has been funded for the civilian staff effective January 1, 2020. Estimated salary increases for the Fraternal Order of Police bargaining unit have been included at $143,302. 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. Two full-time Police Officers were requested but not funded. Funding for reserve officers was increased $45,000 to $195,000. Part time salaries in the Patrol division include 80 seasonal officers and 36 Public Safety Aides. Part-time salaries increased due to an increase in minimum wage to $11/hour beginning January 1, 2020. Overtime in the Patrol Division increases $25,000. Allocations for FICA, Retiree health, pension and worker’s compensation increase, while projected health insurance expense decreases.

CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:

Contracted Services include $240,000 in towing expenses and $135,039 for telephone and radio parts expense. Training and Travel has been budgeted at $238,363, an increase of $12,732, and includes $25,000 for court-related travel, and $33,681 for mandated training expenses. Recruiting expenses are included at $15,000, 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 $20,000 has also been included. Patrol training and travel costs have increased $3,386, from $96,819 to $100,205. Consultants for legal and policy review have been included at $15,000 and psychological testing for seasonal officers has been included at $28,800. A Sergeant’s assessment process has been funded in FY 20. The contract to cover the costs of boarding, hay and feed for the Mounted unit has been funded at a cost of $39,000. Overall funding for Contracted Services increases 1.5% for FY 20. Funding for general building and equipment maintenance increases and includes $166,500 in repairs to the HVAC system recommended by the Public Works Facilities Manager. The FY 19 budget included HVAC repairs totaling $144,000. Mold remediation and duct cleaning and the substation roof replacement were included at $25,000 each. Supplies and Materials include alloperational supplies and uniform costs. Ammunition purchases are also included in this line item at a cost of $47,790, a decrease of $8,850 from FY 19. Replacement uniforms and items included in the Fraternal Order of Police contract are included in this line item at a cost of $210,116. Replacement ballistic and tactical vests have been budgeted. Personal safety tourniquet kits and vehicle emergency GO bags have been funded at $10,500. Seven additional handheld radios were requested at $35,000, but funded in FY 19. Energy costs have been reduced and reflect rebates due to participation in the solar energy contract. Vehicle fuel, parts and labor costs are all budgeted to decrease in FY 20. Funds to add lights, sirens, and striping to five replacement vehicles has been included at $75,990. 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 $120,424 annually. Overall, the allocation for IT services increases $3,260. Vehicle lease payments to the Vehicle Trust Fund increase $16,957 in FY 20. Property and General Liability insurance allocations increase $11,751 for this division. Capital outlay in FY 18 included a license plate reader. Two Ford Interceptors, a Chevy Tahoe 4 wd, a Ford F150 pickup and a Ford F350 pickup have been included in Vehicle Trust.