TOWN OF OCEAN CITY
FISCAL YEAR 2020 PROPOSED BUDGET
TOWN SPONSORED EVENTS AND FESTIVALS
Private Event Revenue includes revenue from Bikefest, the Car cruises, and application and permit fees. Revenue from trailer permits for the two car cruise events and Bikefest has been estimated at $18,000. Equipment usage fees are also included in this line item and have been estimated at $29,500. Winterfest fees remain at $5 for everyone twelve and older. Estimated revenue for Sunfest remains level, while the estimates for Springfest and Winterfest are budgeted at a higher level. Special Event revenue has been estimated to increase, and includes revenue from Sundaes in the Park and ArtX. Corporate Sponsorships include funds received from the beverage franchise.
Since FY 09, the full-time staff has been reduced from six full-time positions to five. One of the positions, the Private Events Coordinator, was converted from full-time to part-time in FY 10 and then was converted back to full-time in January of FY 15. Salaries in FY 20 reflect funding of a step increase effective January 1, 2020. Salary expenses in the FY 18 actual column include costs for labor from other city departments for Sunfest, Winterfest and Springfest. The FY 19 Adopted budget and the FY 20 Proposed budget do not include labor costs for other departments. These costs will be adjusted in future budget amendments. Part-time salaries decrease $2,572, while overtime costs are projected to increase $5,450. Projected benefit costs for health insurance and worker’s compensation decrease, while retiree health and retirement increase. Unemployment costs are projected to increase $2,500 for this division.
CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:
Contracted Services includes the annual allocation per MOU to the Airshow for $35,000. Entertainment expenses for the Town’s festivals continue to be the major expenditure for festivals. $337,100 has been budgeted for entertainment costs for all events and festivals in FY 20. Entertainment in Sunset Park has been included at $3,500. Fireworks for July 4th and New Year’s Eve have been budgeted at $65,500. Funds for the continuation of the Halloween celebration have been included, as have funds for the Ocean City Christmas parade. Dance parties at Caroline Street have been funded at $11,800. Funding for ArtX has also been included. Other major expenditures in this division are tent rental, accommodations for the entertainers and back-up services for the shows. Credit card fees have been budgeted at $7,500. Tent rental expense is budgeted at $275,303. Refurbishment of Winterfest displays has been budgeted at $15,000. A new display was purchased in this line item in FY 19 at a cost of $15,000. Supplies and Materials increase, and include $4,250 for replacement bulbs for the trees of light on Baltimore Avenue and Philadelphia Avenue, $18,500 for replacement bulbs for Winterfest, $12,000 for a new Winterfest display and $3,600 to replace picnic tables used at Sunfest and Springfest. A replacement storage trailer to store the Winterfest decorations has been budgeted in FY 20 at $9,500. Vehicle maintenance decreases. Allocations for insurance and IT Services decrease for FY 20, while the allocation for vehicle lease increases. Unfunded items include: general LED lighting for the Sunfest and Springfest tents, an electrical harness for the Winterfest pavilion, a new ticket booth and a new event gazebo.