TOWN OF OCEAN CITY
FISCAL YEAR 2019 ADOPTED BUDGET
In accordance with the most recent rate study, the metered rate remains at $4.00 per 1,000 gallons, and the fixture rates remain at $1.60 per equivalent fixture. The number of fixtures was over-estimated in FY 18, resulting in an overstated revenue estimate. Fixture rates were $2.60 per equivalent fixture in FY 15. Revenue from water connections is expected to remain the same. Capacity, or Impact fees were enacted in FY 2005 and were increased to $126 per fixture in the FY 11 budget. Capacity fees are anticipated to result in $98,280 to fund Water department capital projects. The FY 19 budget does not require fund balance in the Water fund.
Twenty-one full-time positions are included in the Water Fund. A step increase effective January 1, 2019 has been included. Three additional positions are currently shared with the Wastewater Fund. They are: an Office Associate, a Purchasing Technician and a SCADA Technician. Interdepartmental labor has been budgeted at $57,500 for the use of Public Works’ manpower, a slight increase from the FY 18 budget. Deductions have been made from Public Works for like amounts. Overtime costs are estimated to increase $5,000. Decreases are projected for health insurance, retiree health, and pension.
CHANGES IN OPERATIONS:
The Contracted Services line item includes professional and contracted services. Professional Services, which include engineering services and tank painting inspection services are budgeted at $80,788, a reduction of $17,000 from the FY 18 adopted budget. Demolition and removal of the Worcester Street and 15th Street water towers was included in the FY 17 budget at $250,000. The Maintenance line item includes costs for building and equipment maintenance. Touch-ups for the 64th street water tower paint were included in the FY 17 budget at a cost of $75,000. The FY 19 budget includes an estimate for the 64th street tank painting at $250,000. Plant building and equipment maintenance have been projected to increase $54,600. Routine equipment maintenance,
such as well maintenance, has also been included in this category and totals $346,000. Routine well maintenance has been included at $140,000. Inspection and repair of the chlorination equipment has been budgeted at $36,000, and replacement of the variable frequency drives at three well houses has been included at $27,000. Costs for Supplies and Materials are expected to decrease in FY 19. Water chemicals are budgeted at $250,673. Supplies for repairs to water pipes, fire hydrants and valves are included at $80,000. Three replacement meter reading devices were funded in FY 18 at $23,501. Energy costs are expected to increase in FY 19. Vehicle fuel has been budgeted at the average number of gallons used for the past two to three years, and is anticipated to decrease. Vehicle parts and labor costs are expected to decrease as well. Intragovernmental allocations increase for General Overhead, IT Services, Vehicle lease and insurance. Debt service costs decrease for this fund, but include $152,400 for potential property acquisition. Transfer to capital projects includes $250,000 for water main upgrades, $250,000 for the Disinfection By-product project, and $100,000 for the planning and design of the 66th Street Water Treatment plant. An estimated $38,585 will go into Water Reserves to fund future capital projects. A replacement dump truck has been funded through the Vehicle Trust Fund.