TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2019 PROPOSED 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 19. 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 are anticipated to decrease from the FY 18 budgeted amount. 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 $3,000.

 

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

The FY 19 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. Two Solid Waste Worker II positions were requested, but not funded. Full-time wages include a step increase effective January 1, 2019. 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. For FY 19, a 2% pay table adjustment will increase the wages for the part-time employees at a cost of $3,614. Overtime costs increase $2,649. Heath insurance is projected to increase for this division, while retiree health, pension, worker’s compensation and unemployment are projected to decrease.

 

CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:

Contracted Services includes building and equipment maintenance costs, travel and training, communications and dues. In FY 17, repair and painting of the truck shed was included at $26,400. HVAC repairs for the Transfer Station division have been budgeted at $3,900. Transport/Tipping Fees reflects the contract with Covanta, our waste contractor. In FY19, the price per ton increases from $64.20 per ton to $65.50. The contract was renegotiated in FY 14 and has been budgeted at $2,174,800; an increase of $49,700 over FY 18. The estimated number of tons to be transported increases slightly from 33,500 tons to 33,600 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 was included at $8,000 in FY 18. Energy costs are projected to decrease. Vehicle Supplies and Repair is the second major expense category in this division. Fuel costs are expected to decrease from the amount budgeted in FY 18 and vehicle fuel has been budgeted at the three-year average number of gallons of diesel fuel. Vehicle maintenance costs are projected to increase for FY 19. 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, one side-load trash truck, a 16’ box truck and a ½ ton 4×4 pickup truck have been included in Vehicle Trust purchases for FY 19.