Actuarial Fiscal Note

Date Requested:February 15, 2018
Time Requested:03:59 PM
Agency: Consolidated Public Retirement Board
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
2447 Comm. Sub. SB501
CBD Subject: County Officials, Retirement

Retirement Systems Impacted by Legislation:

DSRS 2150

FUND(S):

Other Fund

Sources of Revenue:

local governments

Legislation creates:

DSRS



Actuarial Note Summary


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


    The Committee Substitute for SB 501 provides that the multiplier for calculation of benefits in the Deputy Sheriff Retirement System (DSRS) would be increased from 2.25% to 2.50% for all current and prospective retirees. As a result, the Actuarial Accrued Liability of the plan would be expected to increase approximately $20.586 million, increasing the amortization portion of the FY2018 required contribution by employers by approximately $2.426 million. In addition, the Normal Cost of the plan would be expected to increase by 1.05% per year, or roughly $543,000 for the FY2018 required contribution. Thus, the total increase to the FY2018 contribution, as well as for all years through FY2029, would be expected to increase by Approximately $2.969 million. The current 12% contribution rate for participating DSRS employers would not need to increase in order to pay the additional cost.



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 $20,586,000.00 $2,969,000.00 5.95 %
Normal Cost of System N/A $543,000.00 1.05 %
Past Service Liabilities $20,586,000.00 $2,426,000.00 4.90 %
Fiscal Year Past Service
Amortization Period Ends
N/A 2029 N/A


Explanation of above estimates:


    Because the benefits of current retirees would be recalculated using the new 2.50% multiplier, the current Unfunded Actuarial Accrued Liability of the plan would increase from $2.473 million to approximately $23.059 million. Amortization of that amount of the current amortization period would increase annual costs to the employers by $2.426 million. In addition, because the benefits currently being accrued by active members will be calculated using the higher multiplier, the Normal Cost of the plan is expected to increase by approximately 1.05%.
    In total, the annual cost incurred by increasing the multiplier from 2.25% to 2.50% would require an additional $2.969 million per year in contributions. The current employer contribution rate of 12% is expected to be sufficient to meet that requirement.
    

Analysis of Impact on Public Pension Policy:


    All costs associated with this legislation are based on the July 1, 2017 Actuarial Valuation for Funding for DSRS and assume that all relevant assumptions will be met in all future years. If those assumptions are not met, costs could fluctuate resulting in a potential increase or decrease in costs.



Fiscal Note Summary


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


    The Deputy Sheriff Retirement System is not a liability of the State, and as such the increased cost to the system due to the proposed legislation would not affect the State’s costs. However, additional costs of approximately $8,000 would be incurred by the CPRB in making the required changes to the computer software used to administer pension benefits. The bill does not provide a source of funding for this additional cost.



Fiscal Note Detail


Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2018
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2019
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 8,000 0
Personal Services 0 0 0
Current Expenses 0 8,000 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 Deputy Sheriff Retirement System is not a liability of the State, and as such the increased cost to the system due to the proposed COLA would not affect the State’s costs. However, additional costs of approximately $8,000 would be incurred by the CPRB in making the required changes to the computer software used to administer pension benefits. The bill does not provide a source of funding for this additional cost.



Memorandum


    Additional costs of approximately $8,000 would be incurred by the CPRB in making the required changes to the computer software used to administer pension benefits. The bill does not provide a source of funding for this additional cost.
    
    This Actuarial/Fiscal Note is being submitted by the Consolidated Public Retirement Board. It has been reviewed by a qualified actuary. Both the Board and the actuary are available upon request for questions.
    



    Person submitting Fiscal Note: Melody Bailey, Actuarial Analyst, WV CPRB
    Email Address: melody.j.bailey@wv.gov