TOWN OF OCEAN CITY
FISCAL YEAR 2019 ADOPTED BUDGET
Funding from State Police Aid decreases $25,381 for FY 19. Grants received in FY 17 totaled $256,942 and will be added to the FY 19 budget as received. Revenue from parking fines is expected to decrease $32,550. Revenue from tow fines is anticipated to decrease $54,865. Building rental for District Court was renegotiated in June 2011 and has been budgeted according to the lease. Municipal Infractions are budgeted at the three year average of $40,000, an increase of $12,000.
A step increase has been funded for the civilian staff effective January 1, 2019. Estimated salary increases for the Fraternal Order of Police bargaining unit have been included at $130,993. 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. Five full-time Police officers and two full-time Custody Officers were requested but not funded. Part time salaries in the Patrol division include 80 seasonal officers and 36 Public Safety Aides. Part-time salary adjustments due to the revised pay table are included at a cost of $27,828. Additional weeks have been budgeted for the part-time Records Clerks at a cost of $6,770.The allowance for reserve officers increases from $130,000 to $150,000. Overtime in the Criminal Investigation Division increases $33,000. Changes in the pension plan due to the Fraternal Order of Police contract are budgeted at $160,000, in addition to the estimated increase in required funding for the Public Safety pension plan of $108,032. Actuarial evaluations are updated biannually to determine the Town’s recommended contributions for retiree health. For FY 19 and FY 20, the Town’s recommended contribution for retiree health insurance decreases. Health insurance, the allocation for worker’s compensation and unemployment all decrease for this division.
CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:
Contracted Services include $250,000 in towing expenses and $135,798 for telephone and radio parts expense. Training and Travel has been budgeted at $225,631, an increase of $30,560, and includes $30,000 for court-related travel, and $35,645 for mandated training expenses. Recruiting expenses increase from $12,000 to $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 $14,324, from $82,495 to $96,819. Consultants for legal and policy review have been included at $20,000 and psychological testing for seasonal officers has been included at $28,800. No assessment processes have been funded in FY 19, while the FY 18 budget included a Sergeant’s assessment 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 1.5% for FY 19. Funding for general building and equipment maintenance increases and includes $144,000 in repairs to the HVAC system recommended by the Public Works Facilities Manager. The FY 18 budget included HVAC repairs totaling $117,000. Countertop and counter replacement in the Patrol and booking areas have been included at a cost of $9,000. Supplies and Materials include all operational supplies and uniform costs. Ammunition purchases are also included in this line item at a cost of $56,640, an increase of $23,470 from FY 18. Replacement uniforms and items included in the Fraternal Order of Police contract are included in this line item at a cost of $203,032. Replacement ballistic and tactical vests have been budgeted and include ballistic vests for the Custody officers. Personal safety tourniquet kits and vehicle emergency GO bags have been funded at $10,500. Items purchased with forfeiture and grant funds were included in the FY 17 actual expenses. Vehicle fuel, parts and labor costs are all budgeted to decrease in FY 19. Funds to add lights, sirens, and striping to six replacement vehicles has been included at $89,964. 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 $116,843 annually. Overall, the allocation for IT services increases $19,533. Vehicle lease payments to the Vehicle Trust Fund decrease $12,238 in FY 19. Property and General Liability insurance allocations decrease for this division. Capital outlay in FY 17 included items purchased with Homeland Security grants, and a license plate reader. Four Ford Interceptors, a Chevy Tahoe 4 wd and a Chevy Tahoe PPV have been included in Vehicle Trust.