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  70.655.  Retirement benefits — program to be selected by governing body — formula for computing benefits — cost-of-living factor — suspension of certain benefits, when. — 1.  Upon a member's retirement he or she shall receive an allowance for life in accordance with the applicable benefit program elected by the member's employer, as follows:

  (1)  Benefit program L-1.  A member with credited service covered by benefit program L-1 shall receive an allowance for life equal to one percent of the member's final average salary multiplied by the number of years of such credited service;

  (2)  Benefit program L-3.  A member with credited service covered by benefit program L-3 shall receive an allowance for life equal to one and one-quarter percent of the member's final average salary multiplied by the number of years of such credited service;

  (3)  Benefit program LT-4.  A member with credited service covered by benefit program LT-4 shall receive an allowance for life equal to one percent of the member's final average salary multiplied by the number of years of such credited service.  In addition, if such member is retiring as provided in section 70.645 or section 70.650 or section 70.670, and if such member's age at retirement is younger than age sixty-two, then such member shall receive a temporary allowance equal to one percent of the member's final average salary multiplied by the number of years of such credited service.  Such temporary allowance shall terminate at the end of the calendar month in which the earlier of the following events occurs:  such member's death; or the member's attainment of age sixty-two;

  (4)  Benefit program LT-5.  A member with credited service covered by benefit program LT-5 shall receive an allowance for life equal to one and one-quarter percent of the member's final average salary multiplied by the number of years of such credited service.  In addition, if such member is retiring as provided in section 70.645 or section 70.650 or section 70.670, and if such member's age at retirement is younger than age sixty-two, then such member shall receive a temporary allowance equal to three-quarters of one percent of the member's final average salary multiplied by the number of years of such credited service.  Such temporary allowance shall terminate at the end of the calendar month in which the earlier of the following events occurs: such member's death; or the member's attainment of age sixty-two;

  (5)  Benefit program L-6.  A member with credited service covered by benefit program L-6 shall receive an allowance for life equal to two percent of the member's final average salary multiplied by the number of years of such credited service;

  (6)  Benefit program L-7.  A member with credited service covered by benefit program L-7 shall receive an allowance for life equal to one and one-half percent of the member's final average salary multiplied by the number of years of such credited service;

  (7)  Benefit program LT-8.  A member with credited service covered by benefit program LT-8 shall receive an allowance for life equal to one and one-half percent of the member's final average salary multiplied by the number of years of such credited service.  In addition, if such member is retiring as provided in section 70.645 or section 70.650 or section 70.670, and if such member's age at retirement is younger than age sixty-two, then such member shall receive a temporary allowance equal to one-half of one percent of the member's final average salary multiplied by the number of years of such credited service.  Such temporary allowance shall terminate at the end of the calendar month in which the earlier of the following events occurs:  such member's death; or the member's attainment of age sixty-two;

  (8)  Benefit program LT-4(65).  A member with credited service covered by benefit program LT-4(65) shall receive an allowance for life equal to one percent of the member's final average salary multiplied by the number of years of such credited service.  In addition, if such member is retiring as provided in section 70.645 or section 70.650 or section 70.670, and if such member's age at retirement is younger than age sixty-five, then such member shall receive a temporary allowance equal to one percent of the member's final average salary multiplied by the number of years of such credited service.  Such temporary allowance shall terminate at the end of the calendar month in which the earlier of the following events occurs: such member's death; or the member's attainment of age sixty-five;

  (9)  Benefit program LT-5(65).  A member with credited service covered by benefit program LT-5(65) shall receive an allowance for life equal to one and one-quarter percent of the member's final average salary multiplied by the number of years of such credited service.  In addition, if such member is retiring as provided in section 70.645 or section 70.650 or section 70.670, and if such member's age at retirement is younger than age sixty-five, then such member shall receive a temporary allowance equal to three-quarters of one percent of the member's final average salary multiplied by the number of years of such credited service.  Such temporary allowance shall terminate at the end of the calendar month in which the earlier of the following events occurs: such member's death; or the member's attainment of age sixty-five;

  (10)  Benefit program LT-8(65).  A member with credited service covered by benefit program LT-8(65) shall receive an allowance for life equal to one and one-half percent of the member's final average salary multiplied by the number of years of such credited service.  In addition, if such member is retiring as provided in section 70.645 or section 70.650 or section 70.670, and if such member's age at retirement is younger than age sixty-five, then such member shall receive a temporary allowance equal to one-half of one percent of the member's final average salary multiplied by the number of years of such credited service.  Such temporary allowance shall terminate at the end of the calendar month in which the earlier of the following events occurs: such member's death; or the member's attainment of age sixty-five;

  (11)  Benefit program L-9.  A member with credited service covered by benefit program L-9 shall receive an allowance for life equal to one and six-tenths percent of the member's final average salary multiplied by the number of years of such credited service;

  (12)  Benefit program LT-10(65).  A member with credited service covered by benefit program LT-10(65) shall receive an allowance for life equal to one and six-tenths percent of the members' final average salary multiplied by the number of years of such credited service.  In addition, if such member is retiring as provided in section 70.645 or section 70.650 or section 70.670, and if such member's age at retirement is younger than age sixty-five, then such member shall receive a temporary allowance equal to four-tenths of one percent of the member's final average salary multiplied by the number of years of such credited service.  Such temporary allowance shall terminate at the end of the calendar month in which the earlier of the following events occurs: such member's death; or the member's attainment of age sixty-five;

  (13)  Benefit program L-11.  Benefit program L-11 may cover employment in a position only if such position is not concurrently covered by federal Social Security; in addition, if such position was previously covered by federal Social Security, benefit program L-11 may cover only employment rendered after cessation of federal Social Security coverage.  A member with credited service covered by benefit program L-11 shall receive an allowance for life equal to two and one-half percent of the member's final average salary multiplied by the number of years of such credited service;

  (14)  Benefit program L-12.  A member with credited service covered by benefit program L-12 shall receive an allowance for life equal to one and three-quarter percent of the member's final average salary multiplied by the number of years of such credited service;

  (15)  Benefit program LT-14(65).  A member with credited service covered by benefit program LT-14(65) shall receive an allowance for life equal to one and three-quarter percent of the member's final average salary multiplied by the number of years of such credited service.  In addition, if such member is retiring as provided in section 70.645, 70.650, or 70.670, then such member shall receive a temporary allowance equal to one-quarter of one percent of the member's final average salary multiplied by the number of years of such credited service.  Such temporary allowance shall terminate at the end of the calendar month in which the earlier of the following events occurs:  such member's death or the member's attainment of age sixty-five.

  2.  If each portion of a member's credited service is not covered by the same benefit program, then the member's total allowance for life shall be the total of the allowance for life determined under each applicable benefit program.

  3.  Each employer shall have the credited service of each of its members covered by benefit program L-1 provided for in this section unless such employer shall have elected another benefit program provided for in this section.

  4.  Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, each political subdivision, by majority vote of its governing body, may elect from time to time to cover its members, whose political subdivision employment is concurrently covered by federal Social Security, under one of the benefit programs provided for in this section.  Each political subdivision, by majority vote of its governing body, may elect from time to time to cover its members, whose political subdivision employment is not concurrently covered by federal Social Security, under one of the benefit programs provided for in this section.  The clerk or secretary of the political subdivision shall certify the election of the benefit program to the board within ten days after such vote.  The effective date of the political subdivision's benefit program is the first day of the calendar month specified by such governing body, or the first day of the calendar month next following receipt by the board of the certification of election of benefit program, or the effective date of the political subdivision becoming an employer, whichever is the latest.  Such election of benefit program may be changed from time to time by such vote, but not more often than biennially.  If such changed benefit program provides larger allowances than the benefit program previously in effect, then such larger benefit program shall be applicable to the past and future employment with the employer by present and future employees.  If such changed benefit program provides smaller allowances than the benefit program previously in effect, then such changed benefit program shall be applicable only to credited service for employment rendered from and after the effective date of such change.  After August 28, 1994, political subdivisions shall not elect coverage under benefit program LT-4, benefit program LT-5, or benefit program LT-8.  After August 28, 2005, political subdivisions shall not elect coverage under benefit program L-9 or benefit program LT-10(65).

  5.  Should an employer change its election of benefit program as provided in this section, the employer contributions shall be correspondingly changed effective the same date as the benefit program change.

  6.  The limitation on increases in an employer's contribution provided by subsection 6 of section 70.730 shall not apply to any contribution increase resulting from an employer electing a benefit program which provides larger allowances.

  7.  Subject to the provisions of subsections 9 and 10 of this section, for an allowance becoming effective on September 28, 1975, or later, and beginning with the October first which is at least twelve full months after the effective date of the allowance, the amount of the allowance shall be redetermined effective each October first and such redetermined amount shall be payable for the ensuing year.  Subject to the limitations stated in the next sentence, such redetermined amount shall be the amount of the allowance otherwise payable multiplied by the following percent:  one hundred percent, plus two percent for each full year (excluding any fraction of a year) in the period from the effective date of the allowance to the current October first.  In no event shall such redetermined amount (1) be less than the amount of the allowance otherwise payable nor (2) be more than the amount of the allowance otherwise payable multiplied by the following fraction:  the numerator shall be the Consumer Price Index for the month of June immediately preceding such October first (but in no event an amount less than the denominator below) and the denominator shall be the Consumer Price Index for the month of June immediately preceding the effective date of the allowance.  As used herein, "Consumer Price Index" means the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, as determined by the United States Department of Labor and in effect January 1, 1975; provided, should such Consumer Price Index be restructured subsequent to 1974 in a manner materially changing its character, the board shall change the application of the Consumer Price Index so that as far as is practicable the 1975 intent of the use of the Consumer Price Index shall be continued.  As used herein "the amount of the allowance otherwise payable" means the amount of the allowance which would be payable without regard to these provisions redetermining allowance amounts after retirement.

  8.  Subject to the provisions of subsections 9 and 10 of this section, for an allowance becoming effective on September 28, 1975, or later, the maximum allowance payable under the provisions of section 70.685 shall be redetermined each October first in the same manner as an allowance is redetermined under the provisions of subsection 7 of this section.

  9.  (1)  The system establishes reserves for the payment of future allowances to retirants and beneficiaries.  Should the board determine, after consulting with the actuary, that the established reserves are more than sufficient to provide such allowances, the board may increase the annual increase rate provided for in subsections 7 and 8 of this section, as it applies to any allowance payable, but in no event shall the total of all redetermined amounts as of October first of any year be greater than one hundred four percent of the allowances which would have been payable that October first without such redeterminations; provided, as of any redetermination date the same annual increase rate shall be applied to all allowances with effective dates in the range of November first to October first of the following year.  The board may extend the provisions of subsections 7 and 8 of this section to allowances which became effective before September 28, 1975; provided such an action by the board shall not increase an employer contribution rate then in effect;

  (2)  After August 28, 1993, the annual increase rate established by this subsection shall be a compound rate, compounded annually, and the four percent annual maximum rate shall also be a compound rate, compounded annually; provided, the use of such compounding shall not begin until October 1, 1993, and shall not affect redeterminations made prior to that date.

  10.  Should the board determine that the provisions of subsections 7, 8 and 9 of this section are jeopardizing the financial solvency of the system, the board shall suspend these provisions redetermining allowance amounts after retirement for such periods of time as the board deems appropriate.

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(L. 1967 p. 141 § 12, A.L. 1975 S.B. 16, A.L. 1977 H.B. 702, A.L. 1986 H.B. 1051 merged with H.B. 1050, A.L. 1988 H.B. 1098, A.L. 1993 H.B. 287, A.L. 1994 H.B. 1606, A.L. 1995 H.B. 416, et al. merged with S.B. 395, A.L. 2000 H.B. 1808, A.L. 2005 H.B. 261)


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