TOWN OF OCEAN CITY

FISCAL YEAR 2019 ADOPTED BUDGET

WASTEWATER FUND

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BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS:

 

REVENUE CHANGES:

In accordance with the rate study, the rates for wastewater service increase from $9.25 per quarter to $9.45 per quarter, generating $12,686,776 in revenue. Capacity fees are expected to generate $171,600 in FY 19. Capacity fees are used to offset debt service costs for Wastewater department capital projects. Service to West Ocean City is budgeted at $846,000 a slight increase for FY 19. Revenue from plumbing permits and lab fees are expected to remain level in FY 19. Federal Government grants include the Build America Bond interest subsidy. No funds are required to be taken from Wastewater fund balance to support this budget.

 

PERSONNEL CHANGES:

Forty-six positions are funded in the Wastewater Fund. Three positions are currently shared with Water: an Office Associate, the Purchasing Technician and a SCADA Technician. A step increase effective January 1, 2019 has been included. Benefit costs for health insurance, retiree health and pension decrease for this fund.

 

CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:

Contracted Services include services provided by professional architects and engineers and tipping fees. A facility assessment update was funded in FY 18 at a cost of $130,000. A SCADA fiber optics upgrade has been included at $20,000 and a graphics panel display upgrade has been included at $44,500. Tipping fees and land application disposal fees are projected to increase in FY 19, and have been included at $419,050. Permit fees paid to the Maryland Department of the Environment have been budgeted at $6,500. Building maintenance has been budgeted at $236,879, and includes $100,000 in concrete repairs in the plant. HVAC replacement in the Oxygen Control building and replacement of the Effluent building roof have also been included. Plant equipment maintenance has been budgeted at $574,580, an increase of $362,330. Replacement of the effluent flow meter, odor control media, headworks grating, and headworks valve have been funded in the Plant division. A VPSA instrument air compressor and replacement of the potable water meter and vault have been funded in the Collection division. Supplies and Materials increase $77,315 from FY 18. Approximately $736,088 of this line item is budgeted to purchase chemicals for wastewater treatment. Costs for liquid oxygen and sodium bisulfite increase $50,000. Lime is included at $180,000 and sodium hypocholorite is included at $235,000. Energy costs have been budgeted to increase slightly. Vehicle fuel and repair cost estimates were reduced for this department. Intragovernmental allocations for vehicle lease, IT services and Insurance decrease, while General Overhead expense increases for this fund. Debt service decreases in FY 19. Capital outlay includes $27,000 to replace primary influent pump G. Transfer to capital projects includes $150,000 for phase III disinfection, $750,000 for the Cure in Place project, $861,850 for wastewater main repairs and $75,000 for ocean outfall diffuser repairs. A ½ ton 4×4 pickup was funded through Vehicle Trust for this division.