Budget change readies city for purchases such as CID vehicles, fire rescue truck
(Jan. 31, 2020) Ocean City Council approved to proceed with a budget amendment on Tuesday that could result in an overall budget increase of approximately $3.3 million.
The majority of the additional money will go toward the city’s public safety departments.
“I always like to point out that there is no additional funding from real property taxes,” City Budget Manger Jennie Knapp said. “There is an overall increase in the general fund budget of $2,974,929.”
The largest share of this is being allocated to pay for a new $1.2 million fire rescue truck, which is funded 80/20 by the city and the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company, respectively.
Other items funded include a $300,000 fire engine motor replacement, $238,800 for four take-home police vehicles, $159,385 for more part-time staff for Paramedic 7, and $108,807 recognition of forfeited assets to buy and rent police CID vehicles.
These expenses would be paid for through additional $238,800 in income and emissions taxes, $28,186 in license and permit fees, $356,891 in revenue from other agencies, $108,807 in fines and forfeitures, $330,879 in other revenue and $1,911,366 in appropriated fund balance, totaling $2,974,929.
Outside of the general fund, this budget amendment would usher in changes for waste and wastewater, transportation and airport, convention center, internal service and pension and OPEB funds.
The City Council voted to move the budget amendment to first reading on F