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Government Code - GOV

TITLE 3. GOVERNMENT OF COUNTIES [23000 - 33205]

  ( Title 3 added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424. )

DIVISION 4. EMPLOYEES [31000 - 33017]

  ( Division 4 added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424. )

PART 3. RETIREMENT SYSTEMS [31200 - 33017]

  ( Part 3 added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424. )

CHAPTER 3. County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 [31450 - 31898]

  ( Chapter 3 added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424. )

ARTICLE 5. Financial Provisions [31580 - 31607]
  ( Article 5 added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424. )

31580.
  

The board of supervisors shall appropriate annually from the proper county funds the amount necessary to defray the entire expense of administration of the retirement system based upon budget estimates prepared by the treasurer.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424.)

31580.1.
  

The board may include each year in the contribution required of a district a reasonable amount, which may differ from district to district, to cover the costs of administering its retirement system as such costs affect the active and retired employees of that district. The board may also assess a district a reasonable amount to cover costs incurred because of the district’s failure to submit reports and forward contributions on a timely basis.

(Added by Stats. 1972, Ch. 545.)

31580.2.
  

(a) In counties in which the board of retirement, or the board of retirement and the board of investment, have appointed personnel pursuant to Section 31522.1, 31522.5, 31522.7, 31522.9, or 31522.10, the respective board or boards shall annually adopt a budget covering the entire expense of administration of the retirement system which expense shall be charged against the earnings of the retirement fund. The expense incurred in any year may not exceed the greater of either of the following:

(1) Twenty-one hundredths of 1 percent of the accrued actuarial liability of the retirement system.

(2) Two million dollars ($2,000,000), as adjusted annually by the amount of the annual cost-of-living adjustment computed in accordance with Article 16.5 (commencing with Section 31870).

(b) Expenditures for computer software, computer hardware, and computer technology consulting services in support of these computer products shall not be considered a cost of administration of the retirement system for purposes of this section.

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 223, Sec. 4. (AB 1291) Effective January 1, 2016.)

31581.
  

After the date a system becomes operative the board of supervisors shall, in the preparation and adoption of the county budget, add to the appropriation for salaries and wages and include therein an appropriation determined pursuant to Sections 31453, 31453.5 and 31454. Until such determination the additional appropriations shall equal 23.77 percent of the total compensation provided for all safety members covered by Article 7.5 (commencing with Section 31662) and 8.85 percent of the total compensation provided for all other employees who are members of the retirement association.

(Amended by Stats. 1971, Ch. 224.)

31581.1.
  

(a) The board of supervisors may elect to pay up to one-half of the contributions normally required of members for any period of time designated in the resolution providing for such payment. The payments shall not become part of the accumulated contributions of the member. These payments may be made with respect to employees in one or more bargaining units irrespective of whether they are made with respect to other employees.

(b) This section shall not apply to members who are subject to Section 7522.30.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 247, Sec. 16. (AB 1380) Effective January 1, 2014.)

31581.2.
  

(a) The board of supervisors or the governing body of the district may agree to pay any portion of the contributions required to be paid by a member. All payments shall be in lieu of wages and shall be reported simply as normal contributions and shall be credited to member accounts.

(b) The enactment of a resolution pursuant to this section shall not create vested rights in any member. The board of supervisors or the governing body of the district may amend or repeal the resolution at any time, subject to the provisions of Sections 3504 and 3505, or any similar rule or regulation of the county or district.

(c) This section shall not apply to members who are subject to Section 7522.30.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 247, Sec. 17. (AB 1380) Effective January 1, 2014.)

31582.
  

(a) The county auditor shall certify to the board at the end of each month or at the end of each pay period the compensation earnable, as defined in Section 31461, and the pensionable compensation, as defined in Section 7522.34, paid to all members of the retirement association and the auditor shall thereupon transfer from the appropriation to the retirement fund the applicable percentage of this amount determined pursuant to Sections 31453, 31453.5, and 31454. Until that determination, the amount of the transfer shall be 23.77 percent of the compensation earnable, as defined in Section 31461, and the pensionable compensation, as defined in Section 7522.34, paid to all safety members and 8.85 percent of the compensation earnable, as defined in Section 31461, and the pensionable compensation, as defined in Section 7522.34, paid to all other members.

(b) The board of supervisors may authorize the county auditor to make an advance payment of all or part of the county’s estimated annual contribution to the retirement fund, provided that the payment is made no later than 30 days after the commencement of the county’s fiscal year. This subdivision does not prevent the board of supervisors from authorizing the county auditor to make an advance payment for the estimated annual county contributions for an additional year or partial year if the advance payment is made no later than 30 days after the commencement of the county fiscal year for which the advance payment is made. If the advance is only a partial payment of the county’s estimated annual contribution, remaining transfers to the retirement fund shall be made at the end of each month or at the end of each pay period until the total amount required for the year is contributed. Transfers shall be adjusted at the end of the fiscal year to reflect the actual contribution required for that year.

(c) A district subject to Section 31585 may also authorize an advance payment of all or part of the district’s estimated annual contribution to the retirement fund, provided that the payment is made no later than 30 days after the commencement of the district’s fiscal year. This subdivision does not prevent the governing body of a district from authorizing the district to make an advance payment for the estimated annual district contributions for an additional year or partial year if the advance payment is made no later than 30 days after the commencement of the district fiscal year for which the advance payment is made. If the advance is only a partial payment of the district’s estimated annual contribution, payments to the retirement fund shall be made at the end of each month or at the end of each pay period until the total amount required for the year is contributed. This amount shall be adjusted at the end of the fiscal year to reflect the actual contribution required for that year.

(Amended by Stats. 2017, Ch. 76, Sec. 1. (SB 671) Effective January 1, 2018.)

31582.1.
  

In any county in which the board of retirement so provides, the county auditor shall not be required to make the certifications required by Section 31582.

(Added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 1317.)

31584.
  

The board of supervisors shall make the appropriations, and if it fails or neglects to make the appropriations, the county auditor shall transfer from any money available in any fund in the county treasury the sums specified by this chapter and this transfer shall have the same force and effect as it would have had if the required appropriation had been made by the board of supervisors.

(Amended by Stats. 1973, Ch. 517.)

31585.
  

When any district becomes a part of the retirement system, the same appropriations and transfers of funds shall be made as those required of the county in this article, and such charges are legal charges against the funds of the district.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424.)

31585.1.
  

When an employee paid from the county school service fund elects to remain a member of this retirement system as authorized by Section 1313 of the Education Code, the same appropriations, transfers, and disposition of funds shall be made as those required of the county by this article, and those charges are legal charges against the funds of the county school service fund.

(Amended by Stats. 2006, Ch. 538, Sec. 307. Effective January 1, 2007.)

31585.2.
  

On and after the date a district, as defined in subdivision (l) of Section 31468, is included in the retirement system, the district’s appropriations and transfers of funds made pursuant to Section 31585 shall be legal charges against the funds of the district and shall be part of the expense of administration of the retirement system pursuant to Section 31580.2.

(Added by Stats. 2002, Ch. 74, Sec. 5. Effective June 27, 2002.)

31586.
  

All payments of the county or of any district into the retirement fund, whether made pursuant to this article or made pursuant to law, are obligations of the county or district.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424.)

31587.
  

The board shall apply the contributions of the county or district to its obligations under the system in the order and amounts as follows:

First, in an amount equal during each fiscal year to the liability accruing to the county or district because of service rendered during such year and on account of service and disability pensions, in an amount determined by the actuarial valuation as interpreted by the actuary.

Second, in an amount equal during each fiscal year to the payments made from contributions by the county or district during the year for death benefits.

Third, the balance of such contributions on the liabilities accrued on account of prior service benefits.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424.)

31588.
  

A trust fund account to be designated as “employees retirement fund” shall be opened upon the books of the retirement board, or treasurer and auditor if authorized by the board, of any county adopting this retirement system.

The “employees retirement fund” shall be a trust fund created or continued and administered in accordance with this chapter, solely for the benefit of the members and retired members of the system and their survivors and beneficiaries.

Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the retirement board paying administrative costs, already authorized or to be authorized, or to prohibit the transfer of surplus funds to county advance reserves.

(Amended by Stats. 1995, Ch. 584, Sec. 4.5. Effective January 1, 1996.)

31588.1.
  

There is hereby established in the County Employees’ Retirement System a deferred yield adjustment account which shall be increased by the sale or disposition of any debt securities at less than book value and shall be decreased by the sale or disposition of debt securities at more than book value. At the end of each year, a portion of the balance of this account shall be offset against the investment income for that year. The annual portion of the balance to be offset shall be proportional to the reciprocal of the average remaining life of the bonds sold. The amount of this account shall be included in any accounting or actuarial computations or listing of assets. In any year in which the gains on the sales of debt securities exceed the discounts realized on the sales of such securities, the excess shall be used to reduce the balance of the account.

This section shall not be operative in any county until such time as the board shall, by resolution adopted by majority vote, make the provisions of this section applicable in such county.

(Added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 1366.)

31588.2.
  

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no funds in the retirement fund shall be expended for any purpose other than the expense of administration of the system, investments for the benefit of the system, and the provision of benefits to the members and retired members of the system and their survivors and beneficiaries.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 923, Sec. 3.)

31589.
  

All transfers or payments to the retirement system and all withdrawals and other cash transactions, shall be accounted upon the books of the retirement board, or treasurer and auditor, if authorized by the board, in and out of the retirement fund, in the same manner as county transactions.

(Amended by Stats. 1995, Ch. 584, Sec. 5. Effective January 1, 1996.)

31589.1.
  

There is hereby established for accounting purposes in the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 the following procedure for treating a trade of bonds for similar bonds. Any loss or gain attributable to a trade of a like bond in the portfolio of any retirement system adopted pursuant to this chapter may be amortized over the life of the bond traded out by adding to or subtracting from the discount or premium attributable to the bond traded in. Like bonds for purposes of this section are considered to be bonds which will mature within seven years of the life of the bond traded out. Bonds to be traded must be of the first four grades. The fact that one bond may be a debenture and another a mortgage bond, or that the bonds may have different rates of return, shall not keep them from being like bonds.

This section shall not be operative in any county until such time as the board shall, by resolution adopted by majority vote, make the provisions of this section applicable in such county.

(Added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 1366.)

31590.
  

(a) All warrants, checks, and electronic fund transfers drawn on the retirement fund shall be signed or authorized by at least two board officers or employees, designated by the board or by the treasurer if designated by the board. If the treasurer is designated by the board, the board shall also designate the auditor to sign or authorize warrants, checks, and electronic fund transfers. The authorization may be by blanket authorization of all warrants, checks, or electronic fund transfers appearing on a list or register, or may be by a standing order to draw warrants, checks, or electronic fund transfers, which shall be good until revoked. If the treasurer and auditor are designated by the board, a warrant, check, or electronic fund transfer is not valid until it is signed or authorized, numbered, and recorded by the county auditor, except as provided in subdivision (c).

(b) Any person entitled to the receipt of benefits may authorize the payment of the benefits to be directly deposited by electronic fund transfer into the person’s account at the financial institution of the person’s choice under a program for direct deposit by electronic transfer established by the board or treasurer if authorized by the board. The direct deposit shall discharge the system’s obligation in respect to that payment.

(c) The board may, or, if authorized by the board, the treasurer shall, authorize a trust company or trust department of any state or national bank authorized to conduct the business of a trust company in this state or the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco or any branch thereof within this state, to process and issue payments by check or electronic fund transfer.

(Amended by Stats. 1996, Ch. 493, Sec. 5. Effective January 1, 1997.)

31591.
  

(a) Regular interest shall be credited semiannually on June 30th and December 31st to all contributions in the retirement fund which have been on deposit for six months immediately prior to that date. Interest at the rate of 21/2 percent per annum, until otherwise determined by the board, compounded semiannually, shall be used in the calculation of benefits under any mortality table adopted by the board of supervisors.

(b) No interest shall be credited to a member’s account after the membership of the member in the retirement association has ceased, except under any of the following circumstances:

(1) The former member has left his or her accumulated contributions in the retirement fund and has either elected, in writing, a deferred retirement allowance, or is eligible to so elect under Section 31700 but has failed to do so.

(2) The surviving spouse of a deceased member or the legally appointed guardian of the member’s unmarried children under age 18 has elected to leave a death benefit on deposit as provided for in Section 31781.2.

(3) The former member, regardless of service, has left his or her accumulated contributions in the retirement fund and has not terminated employment.

(Amended by Stats. 1997, Ch. 43, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 1998.)

31592.
  

Earnings of the retirement fund during any year in excess of the total interest credited to contributions and reserves during such year shall remain in the fund as a reserve against deficiencies in interest earnings in other years, losses on investments and other contingencies, except as provided in Sections 31529.5 and 31592.2.

(Amended by Stats. 1977, Ch. 202.)

31592.2.
  

(a) In any county, earnings of the retirement fund during any year in excess of the total interest credited to contributions and reserves during such year shall remain in the fund as a reserve against deficiencies in interest earnings in other years, losses on investments, and other contingencies, except that, when such surplus exceeds 1 percent of the total assets of the retirement system, the board may transfer all, or any part, of such surplus in excess of 1 percent of the said total assets into county advance reserves for the sole purpose of payment of the cost of the benefits described in this chapter.

(b) Where the board of supervisors has provided for the payment of all, or a portion, of the premiums, dues, or other charges for health benefits, Medicare, or the payment of accrued sick leave at retirement to or for all, or a portion, of officers, employees, and retired employees and their dependents, from the county general fund or other sources, the board of retirement may authorize the payment of all, or a portion, of payments of the benefits described in this subdivision from the county advance reserves. This payment shall comply with the requirements of Section 401 of Title 26 of the United States Code. Payment may be made directly from the county advance reserves for the benefits described in Section 31691.1.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 740, Sec. 6. (AB 2473) Effective January 1, 2015.)

31592.3.
  

In any county, earnings of the retirement fund, in excess of the total interest credited to contributions and reserves shall remain in the fund as a reserve against deficiencies in interest earnings in other years, losses on investments, and other contingencies, except that when the total amount in the reserve exceeds 1 percent of the total assets of the retirement system, the board may transfer all or any part of such reserve in excess of 1 percent of the total assets into a special fund which shall be used for the sole purpose of providing an increase in monthly retirement allowance pursuant to Section 31681.7 or Section 31739.4. In the event the amount credited to the special fund is not sufficient to pay the entire amount of the increase provided for by Section 31681.7 or Section 31739.4 then the amount of the increase shall be reduced in proportion to the amount of the balance on hand in the special fund at the close of the fiscal year preceding the fiscal year during which such increase is operative.

This section shall not be operative in any county until such time as the board of supervisors shall, by ordinance, make the provisions of this section applicable in such county. The board of supervisors may in such ordinance provide that the increase in monthly retirement allowance provided for by Section 31681.7 or 31739.4 shall be effective only subject to the provisions of this section.

(Amended by Stats. 1968, Ch. 94.)

31592.4.
  

(a) The amount of excess earnings available at the end of a fiscal year of the retirement fund, shall, subject to the limitations in this section, be treated in the immediately succeeding fiscal year, for all purposes under this chapter, as appropriations, transfers, and contributions made to the retirement fund by the county and applicable districts. That treatment shall occur only to the extent that, in the immediately succeeding fiscal year, the county and applicable districts pay for an equal amount of health benefits for members heretofore or hereafter retired and their dependents or make contributions in an equal amount to an account established under Section 401(h) of Title 26 of the United States Code solely for the purpose of providing health benefits for retired members, their spouses, and dependents, and for the associated administrative and investment expenses.

(b) For purposes of this section, “excess earnings” means earnings of the retirement fund at the end of any fiscal year that exceed the total interest credited to contributions and reserves plus 1 percent of the total assets of the retirement fund.

(c) The board of supervisors or the board of retirement shall take any actions necessary and appropriate to ensure that the program provided by this section complies with all applicable federal and state income tax laws, including, but not limited to, establishing rules and procedures for establishing and maintaining an account under Section 401(h) of Title 26 of the United States Code.

(d) In accordance with Section 401(h) of Title 26 of the United States Code and Section 1.401-14(c) of the Code of Federal Regulations:

(1) The retirement system shall specify the medical benefits that will be available and shall set out the amount that will be paid.

(2) Medical benefits shall be subordinate to the retirement benefits when added to any life insurance benefits.

(3) A separate account shall be maintained for contributions to fund the medical benefits.

(4) The funds in the separate account may be invested with the funds for retirement benefits and the earnings shall be allocated to each account in a reasonable manner.

(5) Amounts contributed for medical benefits shall be reasonable and ascertainable.

(6) No part of the medical benefits account may be used for or diverted to any purpose other than providing medical benefits and paying necessary or appropriate expenses for the administration of the medical benefits account.

(7) Any amounts remaining in the medical benefits account after satisfaction of all medical benefits liabilities for all members, their spouses, and dependents shall be returned to the employer.

(8) If a member’s interest in the medical benefits account is forfeited prior to plan termination, an amount equal to the forfeiture shall reduce employer contributions to fund the account.

(e) Except to the extent allowed by Sections 401 and 420 of Title 26 of the United States Code, and related federal regulations, assets shall not be transferred or otherwise paid from the funds held by the retirement system for retirement benefits to a medical benefits account. Assets shall not be transferred or otherwise paid from a medical benefits account to the funds held by the retirement system for retirement benefits.

(f) This section shall not be operative in any county until the board of supervisors and the board of retirement of the county, by resolution adopted by a majority vote of each board, make this section operative in the county.

(g) This section is not intended, and shall not be construed to, affect the validity of any agreement entered into by a county and a retirement association whereby a county has agreed to provide and fund a health insurance program for retired employees and their dependents for hospital services, medical services, dental services, and optical services, prior to the effective date of this section.

(h) This section establishes a method of providing health benefits for retired members, their spouses, and dependents to the extent allowed under Sections 31592.2 and 31691. This section does not authorize duplicate benefits.

(i) This section may be made applicable in any county that has adopted Article 5.5 (commencing with Section 31610), in which case the Supplemental Retiree Benefits Reserve shall be substituted for the excess earnings described in this section. This section also may be made applicable to any arrangement established under Article 8.6 (commencing with Section 31694).

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 740, Sec. 7. (AB 2473) Effective January 1, 2015.)

31592.5.
  

The board shall provide to any recognized retiree organization reasonable advance notice of any proposed changes to the retirement benefits offered by the system or the use or uses of excess funds of the retirement system. The organization shall have a reasonable opportunity to comment prior to any formal action by the board on the proposed changes.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 178, Sec. 4. (SB 1382) Effective January 1, 2013.)

31592.6.
  

In order for a recognized retiree organization to fulfill its obligations to the retired members of the system and to communicate with them, upon the organization’s request the board shall cooperate with and assist the organization in distributing communications regarding membership in and retiree benefit programs available through the organization to all or a portion of those retired members. The content of those communications shall be wholly the responsibility of the recognized retiree organization, and the board shall not have any liability for the content of those communications. Cooperation and assistance in distribution may consist of combined or separate mailings. The board may charge a reasonable fee for those mailings, which may not exceed the actual costs to the system, including staff time for preparation of the mailings.

(Added by Stats. 2012, Ch. 178, Sec. 5. (SB 1382) Effective January 1, 2013.)

31593.
  

The retirement board shall conduct an audit of the retirement system at least once every 12 months and report upon its financial condition. The retirement board may retain the services of a certified public accountant to perform the annual audit. That audit shall be performed in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards. The cost of the audit shall be considered a cost of the administration of the retirement system. The audit report shall address the financial condition of the retirement system, internal accounting controls, and compliance with applicable laws and regulations. A copy of the audit report shall he filed with the board of supervisors.

Nothing in this section shall preclude the retirement board from selecting the county auditor to perform the annual audit, and if so done, the cost of that audit shall he considered a cost of the administration of the retirement system.

At the request of the county board of supervisors, the county auditor may audit the accounts of the retirement system. The expense of that audit shall not be a cost chargeable by the county to the retirement system.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1998, Ch. 109, Sec. 6. Effective January 1, 1999.)

31594.
  

It is the intent of the Legislature, consistent with the mandate of the voters in passing Proposition 21 at the June 5, 1984, Primary Election, to allow the board of any retirement system governed by this chapter to invest in any form or type of investment deemed prudent by the board pursuant to the requirements of Section 31595. It is also the intent of the Legislature to repeal, or amend as appropriate, certain statutory provisions, whether substantive or procedural in nature, that restrict the form, type, or amount of investments that would otherwise be considered prudent under the terms of that section. This will increase the flexibility and range of investment choice available to these retirement systems, while ensuring protection of the interests of their beneficiaries.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 1738, Sec. 5. Effective September 30, 1984.)

31595.
  

The board has exclusive control of the investment of the employees retirement fund. The assets of a public pension or retirement system are trust funds and shall be held for the exclusive purposes of providing benefits to participants in the pension or retirement system and their beneficiaries and defraying reasonable expenses of administering the system. Except as otherwise expressly restricted by the California Constitution and by law, the board may, in its discretion, invest, or delegate the authority to invest, the assets of the fund through the purchase, holding, or sale of any form or type of investment, financial instrument, or financial transaction when prudent in the informed opinion of the board.

The board and its officers and employees shall discharge their duties with respect to the system:

(a) Solely in the interest of, and for the exclusive purposes of providing benefits to, participants and their beneficiaries, minimizing employer contributions thereto, and defraying reasonable expenses of administering the system.

(b) With the care, skill, prudence, and diligence under the circumstances then prevailing that a prudent person acting in a like capacity and familiar with these matters would use in the conduct of an enterprise of a like character and with like aims.

(c) Shall diversify the investments of the system so as to minimize the risk of loss and to maximize the rate of return, unless under the circumstances it is clearly prudent not to do so.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 1738, Sec. 7. Effective September 30, 1984.)

31595.1.
  

(a) The board may authorize the treasurer to control and safely keep some or all of the moneys of the retirement system. If authorized, the treasurer may invest and reinvest the moneys, and may from time to time sell any securities belonging to the system and may invest and reinvest the proceeds therefrom. An investment in or sale of securities shall not be made except upon the authorization of the board.

(b) The board, in lieu of acting pursuant to subdivision (a), may delegate to another entity some or all of the powers prescribed in that subdivision.

(Amended by Stats. 1995, Ch. 584, Sec. 7. Effective January 1, 1996.)

31595.41.
  

All acts made or done by the board or its officers and employees, on or after January 1, 1983, and until the effective date of this section, with respect to exchange-traded call options and related matters, which would have been valid if Section 31595.4, as amended by Section 1 of the act which enacts this section, had been in effect at the time the acts were made or done are hereby ratified, confirmed, and validated.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 130, Sec. 2.)

31595.9.
  

Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 31595, in addition to other investments authorized by this article, funds received by the county treasurer not required for current disbursements may be invested in repurchase agreements or reverse repurchase agreements of any securities authorized by this article.

For purposes of this section, “repurchase agreement” means a purchase of securities by the board pursuant to an agreement by which the seller will repurchase the securities on or before a specified date and for a specified amount.

For purposes of this section, “reverse repurchase agreement” means a sale of securities by the board pursuant to an agreement by which the board will repurchase the securities on or before a specified date and for a specified amount.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 534, Sec. 2.)

31596.
  

(a) When securities belonging to or held for the retirement association are sold, the county treasurer shall deliver the securities to the purchaser upon receiving the proceeds, and may execute any and all documents necessary to transfer title. The duties imposed upon the county treasurer by this article are a part of his or her official duties, for the faithful performance of which he or she is liable on his or her official bond.

(b) The board may, or if authorized by the board, the treasurer shall authorize a state or federally chartered depository institution, the deposits of which are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, or any trust company licensed under state or federal law to conduct the business of a trust company or any Federal Reserve Bank, to act as custodian of any securities owned by the retirement association. In that case, the duties imposed by subdivision (a) upon the county treasurer shall instead be performed by the board and shall be included in any agreement for custodial services. Any of these banks or trust companies may be authorized to collect the income from the securities and deposit the proceeds in an account established by the board for the retirement association.

(Amended by Stats. 1999, Ch. 771, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2000.)

31596.1.
  

The expenses of investing its moneys shall be borne solely by the system. The following types of expenses shall not be considered a cost of administration of the retirement system, but shall be considered as a reduction in earnings from those investments or a charge against the assets of the retirement system as determined by the board:

(a) The costs, as approved by the board, of actuarial valuations and services rendered pursuant to Section 31453.

(b) The compensation of any bank or trust company performing custodial services.

(c) When an investment is made in deeds of trust and mortgages, the fees stipulated in any agreement entered into with a bank or mortgage service company to service such deeds of trust and mortgages.

(d) Any fees stipulated in an agreement entered into with investment counsel for consulting or management services in connection with the administration of the board’s investment program, including the system’s participation in any form of investment pools managed by a third party or parties.

(e) The compensation to an attorney for services rendered pursuant to Section 31607 or legal representation rendered pursuant to Section 31529.1.

(Amended by Stats. 1992, Ch. 1047, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 1993.)

31597.
  

Before June 30th of each year the retirement board shall file in the office of the county auditor and with the board of supervisors a sworn statement that shall exhibit the financial condition of the retirement system at the close of the preceding December 31st and its financial transactions for the year ending on that day.

(Amended by Stats. 2003, Ch. 520, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 2004.)

31597.1.
  

Before December 31 of each year, the retirement board shall file in the office of the county auditor and with the board of supervisors a sworn statement that shall exhibit the financial condition of the retirement system at the close of the preceding June 30th and its financial transactions for the fiscal year ending that day.

This section is not operative in any county until the board of supervisors, by resolution adopted by a majority vote, makes the provisions of this section applicable in the county. After the filing of the first fiscal year accounting under this section, the provisions of Section 31597 do not apply in the county.

(Amended by Stats. 2003, Ch. 520, Sec. 5. Effective January 1, 2004.)

31597.2.
  

In those counties in which the retirement board has authorized the treasurer to control and hold the assets of the retirement system pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 31595.1, the treasurer shall be responsible for filing the statement required by Section 31597 or Section 31597.1, as applicable.

(Added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 584, Sec. 11. Effective January 1, 1996.)

31598.
  

The annual statement shall be prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles on the basis of pronouncements of the Government Accounting Standards Board or its successor organization.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1996, Ch. 680, Sec. 11. Effective January 1, 1997.)

31599.
  

In addition to other records and accounts, the retirement board, or the treasurer if authorized by the board, shall keep records and accounts as are necessary to show at any time:

(a) The total accumulated contributions of members.

(b) The total accumulated contributions of retired members less the annuity payments made to the members.

(c) The accumulated contributions of the county or district held for the benefit of members on account of service rendered as members of the retirement system.

(d) All other accumulated contributions of the county or district, including the amounts available to meet the obligation of the county or district on account of benefits granted to retired employees and on account of prior service of members.

(Amended by Stats. 1995, Ch. 584, Sec. 12. Effective January 1, 1996.)

31600.
  

A pension, annuity, or retirement allowance is payable in equal monthly installments, but a smaller pro rata amount may be paid for part of a month when the pension, annuity, or retirement allowance begins after the first day of the month or ends before the last day of the month.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424.)

31601.1.
  

In counties having a board of investments pursuant to Section 31520.2, no investment shall be made in real property unless it is approved by six votes of the board or, where a county board of supervisors or a county board of education has a material interest in the property unless it is approved by nine votes of the board.

(Amended by Stats. 1984, Ch. 1738, Sec. 19. Effective September 30, 1984.)

31602.
  

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the board of retirement, or, in counties that have established a board of investments, the board of investments, may establish a program utilizing the retirement fund to assist system members and annuitants, through financing, to obtain homes in this state.

The board shall adopt regulations governing the program which shall, among other things, provide:

(a) That home loans be made available to currently employed members and annuitants for the purchase of single-family dwellings, two-family dwellings, three-family dwellings, four-family dwellings, single-family cooperative apartments, and single-family condominiums.

(b) That private lending institutions in this state shall originate and service its home loans pursuant to agreements entered into between those institutions and the board.

(c) That the recipients of the loans occupy the homes as their permanent residences in accordance with the rules and regulations established by the board.

(d) That its home loans shall be available only for the purchase or refinancing of homes in this state and that under no condition shall a member or annuitant have more than one outstanding loan.

(e) That the amount and length of the loans shall be pursuant to a schedule periodically established by the board which shall provide a loan to value ratio of: (1) for the first loan, except for three-family dwellings and four-family dwellings, a maximum of 95 percent of the first loan; (2) for the first loan on three-family dwellings and four-family dwellings, a maximum of 90 percent of the first loan; and (3) for each additional loan, a maximum of 80 percent of each additional loan. The portion of any loan exceeding 80 percent of value shall be insured by an admitted mortgage guaranty insurer conforming to Chapter 2A (commencing with Section 12640.01) of Part 6 of Division 2 of the Insurance Code in an amount so that the unguaranteed portion of the loan does not exceed 75 percent of the market value of the property together with improvements thereon.

(f) That there may be prepayment penalties assessed on its loan in accordance with the rules and regulations established by the board.

(g) That the criteria and terms for its loans shall provide the greatest benefit to members and annuitants consistent with the financial integrity of the program and the sound investment of the retirement fund.

(h) Any other terms and conditions as the board shall deem appropriate.

(Amended by Stats. 1991, Ch. 1091, Sec. 58.)

31603.
  

The board of retirement or the board of investments, as applicable, may obtain a loan and pledge a portion of the assets of the retirement fund as security for the repayment of the loan if the board finds all of the following:

(a) An emergency exists affecting the national banking system or financial markets.

(b) The emergency prevents the association from readily accessing its funds.

(c) The loan is necessary to promptly deliver benefits when due.

The assets of the retirement fund pledged as security for the loan shall be subject to execution and other processes of the court only in connection with a proceeding to enforce the loan. The costs associated with securing and repaying the loan, including interest, shall be a charge against investment earnings of the fund.

(Added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 520, Sec. 6. Effective January 1, 2004.)

31607.
  

To assist in carrying out its investment powers and duties the board may employ an attorney in private practice.

(Amended by Stats. 1984, Ch. 1738, Sec. 26. Effective September 30, 1984.)

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