Actuarial Fiscal Note


Retirement Systems Impacted by Legislation:

Public Employees Retirement System and Teachers Retirement System

FUND(S):

PERS 2510 / TRS 2601

Sources of Revenue:

General Fund,Other Fund State and Local Govts

Legislation creates:

Neither Program nor Fund



Actuarial Note Summary


Impact this measure will have on the liabilities and contributions associated with the retirement system(s).


    The benefits provided under the Bill for certain PERS and TRS retirees have been checked against the limitations under 2005 Pension Reform. The requirement for PERS under Section 5-10-22h and TRS under Section 18-7A-28e are both met.
    
    The bill provides for a one time permanent increase of 3% to retirees effective July 1, 2011. Retirees must be age 70 or older and have been retired for 5 or more years to be eligible. Retirees who received a 3% increase on July 1, 2006 are not eligible for this increase.
    
    For PERS, there are 3693 eligible retirees. The increase in UAAL is $11,448,000 requiring a six year amortization payment of $2,352,000 per year through FY2017. An increase in the employer contribution rate from 14.5% to 14.7% is required.
    
    For TRS, there are 4696 eligible retirees. The increase in UAAL is $19,688,000 requiring a six year amortization payment of $4,045,000 through FY2017.



Fiscal Detail of Actuarial Impact

Impact on current benefit costs, prior service benefit costs and ongoing contribution requirements following full implementation.


Impact On Following Full Implementation
Increase in Unfunded Actuarial Accrued Liability Initial Impact on Annual Contribution Requirement of System(s) Contribution Increase as a Percentage of Annual Payroll
Total Annual Costs $31,136,000.00 $6,397,000.00 0.22 %
Normal Cost of System N/A $0.00 0.00 %
Past Service Liabilities $31,136,000.00 $6,397,000.00 0.22 %
Fiscal Year Past Service
Amortization Period Ends
N/A FY2017 N/A


Explanation of above estimates:


    The actuarial analysis of the bill is based on the July 1, 2010 actuarial valuation data projected to July 1, 2011 and run on ProVal actuarial valuation software.
    
    There is no increase in Normal Cost since active members are not included in the increased benefits. The value of the 3% benefit increase for life is the basis for the increase of $31,136,000 of Actuarial Accrued Liabilities. The AAL must be amortized over 6 years from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2017 at $6,397,000 annually.

Analysis of Impact on Public Pension Policy:


    The increase has been priced as effective July 1, 2011 and payable for the remaining life of the member (with possible options survivor benefits as applicable to each retiree.) Retirees who were eligible for the 3% increase July 1, 2006 are excluded from this 3% increase.



Fiscal Note Summary


Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.


    The benefits provided under the Bill for certain PERS and TRS retirees have been checked against the limitations under 2005 Pension Reform. The requirement for PERS under Section 5-10-22h and TRS under Section 18-7A-28e are both met.
    
    The bill provides for a one time permanent increase of 3% to retirees effective July 1, 2011. Retirees must be age 70 or older and have been retired for 5 or more years to be eligible. Retirees who received a 3% increase on July 1, 2006 are not eligible for this increase.
    
    For PERS, there are 3693 eligible retirees. The increase in UAAL is $11,448,000 requiring a six year amortization payment of $2,352,000 per year through FY2017. An increase in the employer contribution rate from 14.5% to 14.7% is required.
    
    For TRS, there are 4696 eligible retirees. The increase in UAAL is $19,688,000 requiring a six year amortization payment of $4,045,000 through FY2017.



Fiscal Note Detail


Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2011
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2012
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 6,397,000 6,397,000
Personal Services 0 0 0
Current Expenses 0 0 0
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0


Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):


    The actuarial analysis of the bill is based on the July 1, 2010 actuarial valuation data projected to July 1, 2011 and run on ProVal actuarial valuation software.
    
    There is no increase in Normal Cost since active members are not included in the increased benefits. The value of the 3% benefit increase for life is the basis for the increase of $31,136,000 of Actuarial Accrued Liabilities. The AAL must be amortized over 6 years from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2017 at $6,397,000 annually.



Memorandum


    The increase has been priced as effective July 1, 2011 and payable for the remaining life of the member (with possible options survivor benefits as applicable to each retiree.) Retirees who were eligible for the 3% increase July 1, 2006 are excluded from this 3% increase.



    Person submitting Fiscal Note: Harry W. Mandel, Board Actuary, MAAA, MSPA, EA
    Email Address: harry.w.mandel@wv.gov