TOWN SPONSORED EVENTS & FESTIVALS

TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2022 ADOPTED BUDGET

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

REVENUE CHANGES:

Private Event Revenue includes revenue from Bikefest, the Car cruises, and application and permit fees. Revenue from Bikefest has been reduced as Bikefest will not need our Sunfest tents. Estimates for both car cruise events have been reduced by a total of $5,000. 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 and Springfest have been budgeted at a higher level, while Winterfest revenue remains budgeted at the same level. Special Event revenue has been estimated to increase, and includes revenue from Sundaes in the Park, ArtX, and a ticketed concert at ArtX. Corporate Sponsorships include funds anticipated from the beverage franchise.

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

Since FY 09, the full-time staff has been funded at five full-time positions. Salaries in FY 22 reflect funding of a step increase effective January 1, 2022. Salary expenses in the FY 20 actual column include costs for labor from other city departments for Sunfest, Winterfest and Springfest. The FY 21 Adopted budget and the FY 22 Adopted budget do not include labor costs for other departments. These costs will be adjusted in future budget amendments. Part-time salaries increase $2,317, which includes additional staffing for Winterfest and all changes due to the minimum wage increase. Overtime costs are projected to increase $1,850. Allocations for health, retiree health, and retirement, are projected to increase for this department.

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. $340,350 has been budgeted for entertainment costs for all events and festivals in FY 22, including a ticketed Saturday night concert during ArtX. Entertainment in Sunset Park has been included at $3,500. Fireworks for July 4th and New Year’s Eve have been budgeted at $68,000. 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. 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 $5,000. Tent rental expense is budgeted at $283,450. Both the tent rental and sound and light service contracts were re-bid in FY 21. Refurbishment of Winterfest displays has been budgeted at $28,000. Supplies and Materials decrease, and include $4,250 for replacement bulbs for the trees of light on Baltimore Avenue and Philadelphia Avenue, $12,000 for replacement bulbs for Winterfest, and $3,600 to replace picnic tables used at Sunfest and Springfest. A new Winterfest display was budgeted at $12,500 in FY 21. A replacement storage trailer to store the Winterfest decorations has been budgeted in FY 22 at $12,500. Vehicle maintenance increases, as the cost to repair the Special Events storage trailers is now being charged to this department. Allocations for radio equipment lease, and insurance increase for FY 22, while the allocations for vehicle lease and IT Services decrease for FY 22.