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Read the Fall Issue of SCERS’ Newsletter

SCERS Fall Newsletter

Our Fall 2019 newsletter is out! This issue includes our first employer spotlight which features the Orangevale Park and Recreation District.  The issue also includes information on policy changes for retired annuitants, a note about Board elections, and more!

Active and retired members can find the newsletter in their mailbox or may pick up a copy at SCERS’s downtown office. The newsletter has also been posted under Newsletters.

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Retirement Board Election Update

The 2019 Board of Retirement candidate nomination period is closed. Ballots will be mailed mid-September for the Miscellaneous Representative position.  

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Pension Fund Nears $10 Billion

SCERS’ investments returned 7.2% in the 2018-19 fiscal year, finishing with a market value of $9.7 billion. 

SCERS assumes a 7% annual rate of return — meeting or exceeding that target helps keep the fund strong to support benefits without needing to increase contribution rates. For the last 3, 5, and 10 years ending June 30, SCERS delivered annualize returns of 10.4%, 6.5% and 9.7%, respectively.

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Read the Summer Issue of SCERS’ Newsletter

Our Summer 2019 newsletter is out! This issue spotlights our Chief Investment Officer, offers tips on submitting retirement documents early, a note about Board elections, and more.

Active and retired members can find the newsletter in their mailbox or may pick up a copy at SCERS’s downtown office. The newsletter has also been posted under Newsletters.

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Retirement Board Elections Coming Soon

Sacramento County Employees’ Retirement System (SCERS) Retirement Board will elect three new members next month: a Miscellaneous Representative, Retiree Representative, and Alternate Retiree Representative. Ballots are being mailed to members, so make sure your mailing address is up to date!

Visit scers.org/elections for more detail on the open positions, upcoming nomination period, and voting period.

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Date and Time Changes for Retirement Planning Seminars

Based on member feedback, we have pushed back the start time of our quarterly retirement planning seminars to 9 a.m. (previously 8 a.m.) and condensed the seminar to end at 4 p.m. (previously 4:30 p.m.). We also moved the October event  to October 21 (previously October 3) due to a schedule conflict.

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Overtime and Service Credit Policies

The SCERS Board of Retirement adopted new policies in April 2019 that clarify how compensation and service credit will be incorporated into pension calculations.  SCERS will no longer include in Final Compensation any portion of allowances or pay incentives earned after April 27, 2019, as a result of overtime, expired compensatory time off (CTO), or CTO-over-max.  SCERS also will limit service credit to one (1) year in a 12-month period.   These policies provide for more consistency in pension calculations based on a better interpretation of law.

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New Issue of SCERS Newsletter Published

The latest edition of the SCERS newsletter has been published.  The Spring 2019 newsletter includes a spotlight on SCERS’ new Chief Benefits Officer, a retirement checklist, FAQs regarding service credit purchases, fast facts regarding benefit recipients, and details on upcoming events.

The newsletter has been posted on the SCERS website in the Newsletters section and has been mailed out to all of our active and retired members.

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Post-Retirement Employment Policy Discussion Draft

At its meeting on March 20, 2019, the SCERS Board directed Staff to distribute a discussion draft of the Post-Retirement Employment Policy to stakeholders for comment and to bring the policy back to the Board for final approval at a future meeting.  

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Important Notice Regarding the Retiree Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) – 2019

The SCERS Board of Retirement approved cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) at its meeting on February 20, 2019.

All Tier 1 members (both Miscellaneous and Safety) will receive a 4% COLA.  All Miscellaneous Tier 3, 4, and 5 members and Safety Tier 2, 3, and 4 members will receive a 2% COLA.  The COLA for 2019 will be reflected in direct deposits and checks issued on April 30, 2019.

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New Issue of SCERS Newsletter Published

SCERS Newsletter Winter 2019

The latest edition of the SCERS newsletter has been published.  The Winter 2019 newsletter includes an investment update, cost-of-living adjustment information, important tax information, benefit FAQs, and details on upcoming events.

The newsletter has been posted on the SCERS website in the Newsletters section and has been mailed out to all of our active and retired members.

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Important Tax Information

Retirees should receive their Form 1099-R from the Sacramento County Employees’ Retirement System (SCERS) in late January or early February 2019. Please note that the SCERS’ Employee Identification Number (EIN) has changed. The change is effective for the 2018 tax year and for future tax years. Please be sure to update your tax filing records and forms accordingly. If someone prepares and/or files your taxes for you, be sure to notify your tax preparer of this change.

SCERS State EIN: 80072218
SCERS Federal EIN: 26-0096542

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Direct Deposit Outreach for Retirees

The Sacramento County Employees’ Retirement System (SCERS) has launched an initiative to increase the use of direct deposit. About 96% of SCERS members already have their monthly pension payments directly deposited into their bank accounts. Just 4%, or approximately 400 retirees, are receiving paper checks in the mail.

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SCERS Announces New Deputy CIO

Sacramento County Employees’ Retirement System (SCERS) has hired James Donohue as Deputy Chief Investment Officer (Deputy CIO).  The Deputy CIO assists in the formulation and evaluation of investment policies and strategy, the development of the asset allocation and asset class structures, the risk management framework, and the oversight and selection of investment managers and service providers of the $9.2 billion fund.

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Funded Status Improves to 82.5%

SCERS continues to make progress on meeting its long-term benefit obligations. The SCERS Board approved the annual actuarial valuation on November 5, 2018, which showed the SCERS funded status increased from 80.4% to 82.5%, on a market value basis, as of June 30, 2018.  The unfunded liability is approximately $2 billion and is projected to be eliminated within 20 years.

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SCERS Announces New Newsletter

SCERS Newsletter Fall 2018

Welcome to our new newsletter. Our goal is to provide you with interesting news and resources throughout the year, whether you retired 10 years ago or are 10 years away from retirement.

The newsletter will be mailed to all of our active and retired members.  The newsletter will also be posted to our website.  Please check the Newsletters section for new issues.

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SCERS Board Election Results

The Sacramento County Department of Voter Registration and Elections announced election results on October 18, 2018, for three seats on the SCERS Board.   Matt Petersen, a captain in the Sheriff’s Department, was elected as Safety Representative; John Conneally, a fire battalion chief at the Sacramento County Airport, was re-elected as Alternate Safety Representative; and, Diana Gin, a human resources manager with the Department of Personnel Services, was elected as Miscellaneous Representative. Ms. Gin previously served on the SCERS Board from 2011-2016.  The three-year terms begin January 1, 2019.

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SCERS Launches New Website

The Sacramento County Employees’ Retirement System (SCERS) is pleased to announce the launch of its new website.  This is the first phase of our website redesign project, which will provide our members improved functionality and additional features on a modern platform, including a responsive design which enhances usability on mobile devices.

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SCERS’ Earnings Exceed 10% in 2017-18

The Sacramento County Employees’ Retirement System (SCERS) announced a preliminary total fund return of 10.1%, gross of investment management fees, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018.  Over the last 3 and 5 years, the SCERS’ gross annualized return was 7.6% and 8.3%, respectively.  Though SCERS’ returns have come in above the actuarial return of 7.0%, we remain cautious about future expectations.  Capital market assumptions continue to point toward reduced returns going forward, as demonstrated by periods of increased market volatility in 2018.