TOWN OF OCEAN CITY
FISCAL YEAR 2023 PROPOSED BUDGET
Funding from State Police Aid remains level for FY 23. Grants received in FY 21 totaled $33,733 and will be added to the FY 23 budget as received. Revenue from parking fines is expected to increase $10,000. Revenue from tow fines is anticipated to increase $145,000. Building rental for District Court was extended through FY 22. Municipal Infractions and revenue from impounded vehicles are expected to increase $23,000.
Ten Police officer positions were added in FY 21, bringing the total number of Police employees to 143, which includes 116 sworn officers, 25 civilian employees and 2 animal control officers. Two full-time Crime Scene Technicians and two seasonal part-time Records Clerks were added in FY 23 for implementation of the bodycam project. Estimated salary increases for the Fraternal Order of Police bargaining unit have been included at $459,805. Specialty pay has also been included for members of the bargaining unit. Funding for reserve officers is included at $150,000. Part-time salaries include 49 seasonal officers and 62 Public Safety Aides. A step increase effective January 1, 2023 has been included for all full-time civilian employees. Part-time salaries increase $200,000 due to pay table adjustments. Seasonal officers will be paid $18.21 per hour for the summer of 2022 and $19.00 per hour in the summer of 2023. Patrol overtime has been increased $60,000, from $840,000 to $900,000. Benefit costs for the additional positions have been included. Allocations for health insurance and pension increase, while the allocation for worker’s compensation decreases. No funding has been included for retiree health (OPEB).
CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:
Contracted Services include $363,000 in towing expenses, an increase of $105,000 and $175,452 for telephone and radio parts expense. Cell phones have been included for all Patrol division staff. Training and Travel has been budgeted at $249,696, which includes $20,000 for court-related travel, and $36,281 for mandated training expenses. The annual expense for the Axon body camera contract has been funded at $353,828. Year one of the annual cost for the legal and policy review program has been included at $19,564. Funding for allied agency assistance for major special events at a cost of $15,000 has also been included. Parking ticket mailing and DMV fees have been increased $31,000. Geofencing advertising has been funded 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, feed, grooming and care for the Mounted unit has been funded at a cost of $64,500. Overall funding for Contracted Services increases 46% for FY 23. Funding for general building and equipment maintenance increases $7,000, but includes $93,500 in repairs to the HVAC system recommended by the Public Works Facilities Manager. Refurbishment of the Records section 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 $70,688, an increase of $17,386 over FY 22. Patrol operational supplies decrease $45,703 as the Taser maintenance contracts were included in the Axon body camera contract. 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 $214,025. 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 increase in FY 23. Funds to upfit eight vehicles including the addition of lights, sirens, striping and prisoner partitions have been included at $99,904. 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. Payments to the Vehicle Trust Fund increase in FY 23. Property and General Liability insurance allocations increase $116,929 for this division. Radio equipment lease was included at $154,783. Five Ford Explorers, two Tahoes and a prisoner transport van have been included in Vehicle Trust. An upgrade of the UPS system was included in Capital Outlay in the FY 22 budget.