Actuarial Fiscal Note


Retirement Systems Impacted by Legislation:

PERS and TRS

FUND(S):

PERS 2510; TRS 2601

Sources of Revenue:

General Fund,Other Fund Local Governments

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).


    This Bill as drafted violates WV Statutes under 2005 Pension Reform Legislation.
    
    For PERS, Section 5-10-22h(a) prohibits any retiree benefit increase that exceeds 1% of AAL. The current limitation is $55,153,000.
    
    For TRS, Section 18-7A-28e ( a ) prohibits increases to retired members in excess of 1% of the AAL. The current limitation is $94,451,000.
    
    See the Pension Committee chairman for details.
    
    If allowable through legislation, the PERS UAAL would increase by $102,410,000. The contribution for PERS would increase by $21,043,000 annually for six years, FY2013 through FY2018.
    
    If allowable through legislation, the TRS UAAL would increase by $184,755,000. The contribution for TRS would increase by $37,963,000 annually for six years, FY2013 through FY2018.



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 $287,165,000.00 $59,006,000.00 2.08 %
Normal Cost of System N/A $0.00 0.00 %
Past Service Liabilities $287,165,000.00 $59,006,000.00 2.08 %
Fiscal Year Past Service
Amortization Period Ends
N/A FY2018 N/A


Explanation of above estimates:


    Retirees and beneficiaries receiving retirement benefits on July 1, 2012 would receive an annual increase of $24.00 time years of benefit service, payable monthly under their current benefit option. Since increased benefits are for retirees only, there is no increase in the Normal Cost for either plan.
    
    The benefit increase was run as of the latest actuarial valuation date of July 1, 2011 using ProVal actuarial software used by the CPRB. The increase is representative of the increase on the actual payment effective date under the bill.

Analysis of Impact on Public Pension Policy:


    The retiree benefit increase provided under the bill exceeds 2005 Pension Reform limitations. The bill would require an amendment to Pension Reform to be allowable. Any changes to Pension reform should be carefully considered from a fiscal and political impact basis.
    
    It is noted that while the $24.00 times benefit service exceeds the limitations, a reduction of the increase to $12.00 times benefit service would meet 2005 Pension Reform limitations. Liabilities and contribution impacts would be cut to 50% of the reported amounts.



Fiscal Note Summary


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


    This Bill as drafted violates WV Statutes under 2005 Pension Reform Legislation.
    
    For PERS, Section 5-10-22h(a) prohibits any retiree benefit increase that exceeds 1% of AAL. The current limitation is $55,153,000.
    
    For TRS, Section 18-7A-28e ( a ) prohibits increases to retired members in excess of 1% of the AAL. The current limitation is $94,451,000.
    
    See the Pension Committee chairman for details.
    
    If allowable through legislation, the PERS UAAL would increase by $102,410,000. The contribution for PERS would increase by $21,043,000 annually for six years, FY2013 through FY2018.
    
    If allowable through legislation, the TRS UAAL would increase by $184,755,000. The contribution for TRS would increase by $37,963,000 annually for six years, FY2013 through FY2018.



Fiscal Note Detail


Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2012
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2013
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 59,006,000 59,006,000
Personal Services 0 0 0
Current Expenses 0 0 0
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 59,006,000 59,006,000
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0


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


    Retirees and beneficiaries receiving retirement benefits on July 1, 2012 would receive an annual increase of $24.00 time years of benefit service, payable monthly under their current benefit option. Since increased benefits are for retirees only, there is no increase in the Normal Cost for either plan.
    
    The benefit increase was run as of the latest actuarial valuation date of July 1, 2011 using ProVal actuarial software used by the CPRB. The increase is representative of the increase on the actual payment effective date under the bill.



Memorandum


    The retiree benefit increase provided under the bill exceeds 2005 Pension Reform limitations. The bill would require an amendment to Pension Reform to be allowable. Any changes to Pension reform should be carefully considered from a fiscal and political impact basis.
    
    It is noted that while the $24.00 times benefit service exceeds the limitations, a reduction of the increase to $12.00 times benefit service would meet 2005 Pension Reform limitations. Liabilities and contribution impacts would be cut to 50% of the reported amounts.



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