TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2018 ADOPTED BUDGET

SOLID WASTE AND TRANSFER STATION

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

 

REVENUE CHANGES:

Revenue from recycling sales is expected to remain constant for FY 18. Wastewheelers and dumpster parts are sold to the public, and it is anticipated that $19,000 will be collected from this effort. Solid Waste collection fees charged to establishments requiring trash collection more than five times per week were increased by the Council during budget wrap-up. Bulk collection fees for the collection of one item and the collection of up to three items were last increased in FY 14. It is anticipated that bulk collection revenue will increase $4,000.

 

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

The FY 18 budget includes funding for twenty-one full-time positions, the same number of positions since FY 15. In addition, there are seventeen seasonal positions in this division. Since FY 09, twenty-three positions have been eliminated in this division. Full-time wages include a step increase effective January 1, 2018. Solid Waste Worker II positions were upgraded as part of the pay study conducted in FY 16. Part-time employees in this division also received upgrades through the pay and benefits study. Heath insurance, retiree health, and pension are projected to increase in FY 18, while unemployment is projected to decrease.

 

CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:

Contracted Services includes building and equipment maintenance costs, travel and training, communications and dues. For FY 16, a replacement heat pump was included at $9,879. In FY 17, repair and painting of the truck shed was included at $26,400. Transport/Tipping Fees reflects the contract with Covanta, our waste contractor. In FY 18, the price per ton increases from $62.92 per ton to $64.20. The contract was renegotiated in FY 14 and has been budgeted at $2,128,100; an increase of $28,050 over FY 17. The estimated number of tons to be transported remains the same, at 33,500 tons. Supplies and Materials includes $15,000 for the purchase of 175 wastewheelers that will be resold to the public. Three 55 gallon containers of bulk motor oil have been included at a cost of $2,200. Four replacement front end containers and five 300 gallon trash containers have also been funded. A replacement power washer has been included at $8,000. Energy costs are projected to decrease. Vehicle Supplies and Repair is the second major expense category in this division. Fuel costs are expected to increase and vehicle fuel has been budgeted at the FY 16 actual number of gallons of diesel fuel. Vehicle maintenance costs are projected to increase for FY 18. Painting of two trash trucks was included in the FY 17 budget at a cost of $20,000. Replacement rubber tires for the loader in the Transfer Station division have been included at $28,000. An increase in the allocation for vehicle lease is the main factor in the intragovernmental expense increase.One front-end trash truck and two side-load trash trucks have been included in Vehicle Trust purchases for FY 18.