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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 5.5. Alternative Financial Provisions [31610 - 31619]
  ( Article 5.5 added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 886, Sec. 4. )

31610.
  

This article shall not become operative in any county unless and until it is adopted by resolution of the county board of retirement and the county board of supervisors, whereupon, the following sections shall not be operative as to that county: Sections 31453, 31529.5, 31591, 31592, 31592.2, 31592.3, and 31871.

(Added by renumbering Section 31510 by Stats. 1984, Ch. 193, Sec. 54.)

31611.
  

An actuarial valuation shall be made within one year after the date on which any system established under this chapter becomes effective, and thereafter at intervals not to exceed three years. The valuation shall be conducted under the supervision of an enrolled actuary and shall cover the mortality, service, and compensation experience of the members and beneficiaries, and shall evaluate the assets and liabilities of the retirement fund. Upon the basis of the investigation, valuation, and recommendation of the actuary, the board shall, at least 60 days prior to the beginning of the succeeding fiscal year, recommend to the board of supervisors such changes in the rates of interest, in the rates of contributions of members, in county and district appropriations as are necessary, and appropriate mortality tables. In making recommendations to the board of supervisors, the board shall act with the care, skill, prudence and diligence under the circumstances then prevailing that a prudent person acting in a like capacity and familiar with such matters would use in the conduct of an enterprise of a like character and with like aims. No adjustment shall be included in the new rates for time prior to the effective date of the revision. The cost of actuarial valuations and investigations may, in the sound discretion of the board, be charged against the earnings of the retirement fund.

(Added by renumbering Section 31510.1 by Stats. 1984, Ch. 193, Sec. 55.)

31612.
  

“Actuarial rate” means the interest assumption rate established by the most recent actuarial survey recommended by the board of retirement and adopted by the board of supervisors.

(Added by renumbering Section 31510.2 by Stats. 1984, Ch. 193, Sec. 56.)

31613.
  

“Net earnings” means the earnings of the retirement fund after accounting for any direct investment losses recognized during the year, less the amounts taken from the earnings as specified in subdivisions (a) and (b):

(a) The amounts specified in Sections 31580.2, 31580.3, if applicable, subdivisions (b) and (d) of Section 31596, if applicable and Section 31611 and 31614.

(b) Any reductions from earnings required by Sections 31588.1 and 31589.1, if applicable. Part or all of any amounts required by Sections 31588.1 and 31589.1 may be deducted, at the discretion of the board of retirement, from the Contingency Reserve Account as described in Section 31616.

(Added by renumbering Section 31510.3 by Stats. 1984, Ch. 193, Sec. 57.)

31614.
  

Notwithstanding Section 31529, the board may contract for the legal services of an attorney in private practice when the board determines, after consultation with the county counsel, that the county counsel cannot provide the board with legal services due to a conflict of interest or other compelling reason. The compensation of the attorney shall be charged against the earnings of the retirement fund or paid from the county general fund.

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

(Added by renumbering Section 31510.4 by Stats. 1984, Ch. 193, Sec. 58.)

31615.
  

Regular interest at the actuarial rate, or at the highest rate possible if net earnings, as defined in Section 31613 are not sufficient to credit the full actuarial rate, shall be credited semiannually on June 30 and December 31 to all contributions, reserves, and accounts in the retirement fund, except the Contingency Reserve Account, which have been on deposit for six months immediately prior to those dates.

Interest at the actuarial rate, compounded semiannually, shall be used in the calculation of benefits under any mortality table adopted by the board of supervisors. No interest shall be credited to a member’s account after the termination of the member’s county service, unless the member has elected, in writing, to leave his or her accumulated contributions in the retirement fund and be granted a deferred retirement allowance, or 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.

(Added by renumbering Section 31510.5 by Stats. 1984, Ch. 193, Sec. 59.)

31616.
  

After the semiannual application of Section 31615, 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, losses on investments, or payments made pursuant to Section 31588.1 or 31589.1, if applicable.

These funds shall be placed in an account known hereafter as the Contingency Reserve Account. The size of this account shall be determined semiannually by the board but shall not exceed 3 percent of the total assets of the retirement fund.

If, at the end of any semiannual period, the balance of the Contingency Reserve Account falls below 1 percent of system assets, the board shall, by the end of the subsequent semiannual period, provide funds from earnings of fund assets from the subsequent semiannual period, to bring the level of the Contingency Reserve Account to at least 1 percent of system assets.

No funds in the Contingency Reserve Account shall be available for the payment of benefits.

Net earnings remaining after the application of this section shall be applied as provided in Sections 31617, 31618, and 31619.

(Added by renumbering Section 31510.6 by Stats. 1984, Ch. 193, Sec. 60.)

31617.
  

In each county having an agreement prior to January 1, 1983, that a fixed part of the required Article 16.5 (commencing with Section 31870) cost-of-living contributions shall come from excess interest earnings on the fund, after the semiannual application of Sections 31615 and 31616, the balance of the net earnings, as defined in Section 31613, shall be used to pay those contributions.

(Added by renumbering Section 31510.7 by Stats. 1984, Ch. 193, Sec. 61.)

31618.
  

The board shall establish a Supplemental Retiree Benefit Reserve in the retirement system consisting of any amount previously in the reserve against deficiencies, which on the date of adoption of this article, exceeds 3 percent of the assets of the retirement fund, or any lesser amount, as determined by the board. In no event, however, shall the balance of the Contingency Reserve Account be reduced below 1 percent of system assets for this purpose. The Supplemental Retiree Benefit Reserve shall be used only for the benefit of retired members and beneficiaries.

Commencing on the date of adoption of this article, there shall be a semiannual transfer into this reserve of 50 percent of the balance of net earnings, as defined in Section 31613, after crediting all accounts pursuant to Section 31615, rebuilding the Contingency Reserve Account pursuant to Section 31616 and paying the part of the cost-of-living contributions pursuant to Section 31617, if applicable.

The distribution of the Supplemental Retiree Benefits Reserve shall be determined by the board.

(Added by renumbering Section 31510.8 by Stats. 1984, Ch. 193, Sec. 62.)

31618.5.
  

(a) The board shall annually transfer, from the administrative budget established pursuant to Article 5 (commencing with Section 31580), an amount sufficient to fund the administrative costs of the programs reimbursed by the Supplemental Retiree Benefits Reserve.

(b) This section shall only apply to a county of the fourth class as described in Section 28020.

(Added by Stats. 2010, Ch. 158, Sec. 3. (SB 1479) Effective January 1, 2011.)

31619.
  

Remaining net earnings, after the sequential application of Sections 31615 and 31616 and Section 31617, if applicable, and Section 31618 shall be credited to all contributions, reserves, and accounts in the retirement fund, except the Contingency Reserve Account, in the manner prescribed in Section 31615, except that no further interest shall be credited to the Supplemental Retiree Benefit Reserve, established pursuant to Section 31618.

(Added by renumbering Section 31510.9 by Stats. 1984, Ch. 193, Sec. 63.)

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