TOWN OF OCEAN CITY
FISCAL YEAR 2020 PROPOSED BUDGET
PUBLIC WORKS MAINTENANCE DIVISION
All parking was converted to a pay by plate system in FY 19. Parking rates in the Inlet Lot were increased from $2 per hour to $3 per hour before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. Rates in the Inlet Lot remained at $3 per hour between Memorial Day and Labor Day. FY 20’s revenue for streets, lots and the Inlet Lot has been projected to decrease from the FY 19 estimates. Revenue has been based on a three year average to factor out weather-related revenue losses. Leases for the Public Safety Building lot were extended through FY 20, but revenue will be received in FY 19, so no allowance for lease revenue has been included. The Beach Photo franchise was re-bid in FY 19 and decreased from $434,500 to $152,500 per year.
In FY 2009, thirty-eight full-time positions were funded in this division, which has been reduced to the current number of thirty-four full-time employees. As in other divisions, a step increase effective January 1, 2020 has been funded. Part-time salaries were adjusted in FY 19 to reflect the revised pay table as a result of the minimum wage increase to $10.10. Operators of the Beach Cleaning equipment were upgraded to Equipment Operators at a cost of $10,427. As the Inlet Lot has been converted to a pay by plate system, fewer part-time employees are needed. Three parking ambassadors were funded in FY 19, and four have been funded in FY 20. As a result of converting parking to pay by plate, credit card usage has increased and the use of cash has decreased. Of the 6.5 positions budgeted to count cash, only one will be charged to the Parking division, with the remaining employees charged to the Transportation division. In this division, the pension allocation decreases $17,689, while the allocations for health insurance, retiree health, worker’s compensation and unemployment increase.
CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:
Credit Card fees for use of the parking meters have been budgeted at $268,000 in FY 20, an increase of $138,000 from FY 18, and a result of the conversion to pay by plate parking. Other expenses in Contracted Services include boardwalk re-decking, budgeted at $60,000, and Parkeon back office fees and per transaction fees budgeted at $58,180. Phase I of Whiteside Lot redevelopment has been funded at $62,000. The beach tractor lease increases $3,000 in FY 20, from $105,000 to $108,000. A weed prevention service at a cost of $30,000 has also been included. Maintenance costs increase $31,086. HVAC repairs recommended for the Comfort Stations accounts for much of this increase at $30,200. Porta potties for holiday weekends and some special events has been included at $2,500. Supplies and Materials includes funding used for day-to-day operations. The line item increases $75,000 to purchase a variable message sign for the Inlet parking lot. In addition, the following items have been approved: a 4×4 utility vehicle, $11,000; replacement boardwalk trashcans, $17,375; and thirty 300 gallon waste containers for the beach. Other supplies include comfort station supplies, replacement banners for the boardwalk, beach ramp supplies and replacement sand fence. Spare parts for the parking meters have been included at $20,000. Estimates for vehicle fuel, parts and labor are all expected to increase in FY 20. Allocations for Vehicle Lease, IT Services and insurance increase.