OCEAN CITY — Ocean City’s future donations to nonprofit organizations and programs also supported by Worcester County government were called into question this week during a first-reading of the proposed fiscal year 2018 budget.
The Mayor and Council on Monday approved on first reading the proposed fiscal year 2018 budget, but not before a larger debate about the town’s continued supplemental contributions to various non-profit organizations and charities that support both Worcester County and Ocean City. At the close of budget work sessions two weeks ago, the Mayor and Council considered, and ultimately approved in most cases, requests for special appropriations from various nonprofits including, Diakonia, Worcester Youth and Family Counseling, Wor-Wic Community College and the Cricket Center, just to name a few.
On Monday, however, Councilman Wayne Hartman brought up the issue of what he characterized as double-donations, pointing out many of the organizations on the request list for supplemental donations are already supported by Worcester County. Hartman pointed out around 54 percent of Worcester County’s operating budget is derived from the property tax contribution from Ocean City, essentially meaning the resort’s taxpayers have already significantly contributed to the non-profits even before supplemental contributions are added in the budget.