TOWN OF OCEAN CITY
FISCAL YEAR 2022 PROPOSED BUDGET
In accordance with the rate study, the rates for wastewater service remain the same at $9.60 per quarter, generating $13,280,847 in revenue. Capacity fees are expected to generate $224,400 in FY 22. Capacity fees are used to offset debt service costs for Wastewater department capital projects. Service to West Ocean City is budgeted at $790,000. Actual charges for this service in FY 21 were $746,969. Revenue from plumbing permits decrease, while lab fees are expected to increase in FY 22. No Federal grant funds are shown as the bonds with the Build America Bond interest subsidy were refinanced.
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, 2022 has been included. Overtime costs experience a minimal increase in FY 22. Benefit costs for health insurance, retiree health, and retirement increase.
CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:
Contracted Services include services provided by professional architects and engineers and tipping fees. Credit card fees for online customer payments have been included at $23,600. Tipping fees and land application disposal fees increase in FY 22, and have been included at $406,140. Permit fees paid to the Maryland Department of the Environment have been budgeted at $6,000. Building maintenance has been budgeted at $303,367. Primary Influent water system repairs, $45,000, HVAC repairs, $35,500, a replacement rollup door on the Biosolids building, $25,000 and Phase 2 of the lighting project, $69,311 have been included. Plant equipment maintenance has been budgeted at $304,950, a reduction of $39,500. Secondary influent pump VFD rebuild, oases aerator seal repairs, and a Biosolids press control panel upgrade were funded in the Plant division in FY 22. Supplies and Materials decrease $35,197 in FY 22. Approximately $675,713 of this line item is budgeted to purchase chemicals for wastewater treatment. Lime is included at $165,000 and sodium hypocholorite is included at $171,000. Sodium bisulfite is funded at $125,400. Energy costs have been budgeted to decrease. Vehicle fuel decreases and repair cost estimates increase for this department. Intragovernmental allocations for radio equipment lease, insurance and General Overhead increase, while IT Services, and vehicle lease decrease for this fund. Debt service decreases in FY 22, as the FY ’09 bonds were retired in FY 21. Transfer to capital projects includes: $700,000 for Biosolids process rehabilitation, $475,000 for Collection system pipe lining, $700,000 for main repairs, $100,000 for concrete repairs, $615,297 for the plant generator transfer switch upgrade, $600,000 for Montego Bay pump station improvements, and $100,000 for ocean outfall inspection and repairs. A ½ ton 4×4 pickup truck was funded through Vehicle Trust for this division.