Each year, LAGERS employers receive an annual actuarial valuation.  This report not only contains an employer's next fiscal year's contribution rate(s), but also provides a wide range of information regarding an employer's financial standing in the system.

An employer's annual valuation is an important report that details a wealth of information about an employer's experience in the LAGERS system over the past year.  Valuations are calculated as of February 28th, so any changes with an employer that occur after that date won't be reflected until next year's valuation.  Supplemental actuarial valuations may be requested that would amend the rates from the annual valuation if a benefit change or additional contribution were made by the employer.

 

Below is a brief explanation of a few of the most commonly asked about pages contained within the valuation.  The full report can be accessed on ECLIPSE at any time.

 

 

Factors Considered in the Annual Valuation

Experiences of an employer can have a significant impact on what future monthly contribution rates will be.  LAGERS actuaries take into account numerous assumptions and compare those assumptions to actual changes in an employer's personnel over the past year.  For example, how many employees retired, turnover, salary increases, etc.

An employer's annual valuation explains what an employer's personnel looked like over the past year, and includes a history of employee retirements and the payout options elected by current retirees, as well as snapshots of the current employee pool which include average age, wages, and service information.

Employer Contribution Rates

One of the most important pieces of information contained within a valuation is an employers' new rates for the coming fiscal year.  Employer rates are adjusted annually to ensure that benefits are being funded at the appropriate levels.  Each employer has a unique contribution rate depending on the level of benefits elected and the experiences of both the employer and the LAGERS system as a whole.  Employers receive their new rates a minimum of six months in advance of the change.

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New employer contribution rate for the next fiscal year.

Uncapped Rates

Some employers have an uncapped rate.  This is the rate the employer would be paying if rate increases were not limited to the statutory 1% cap.  If you have an uncapped rate, there will be a paragraph explaining what your rate should have been if there was no cap.  An employer with an uncapped rate can expect its current rate to increase each year until the uncapped rate is reached.

Funding of Benefits

Each LAGERS employer established an initial unfunded liability when they joined LAGERS.  An unfunded liability is the difference between accrued liabilities and assets on hand.  Over time, employers make contributions to LAGERS to fund promised benefits with the goal of reaching and maintaining 100% pre-funded status.  Many variables can affect an employer's funding such as experiences of an employer, benefit changes, and the investment return of LAGERS' portfolio.

Accrued Liabilities and Assets

This box shows a six year history of an employer's accrued liabilities (how much the employer has promised in benefits) and accrued assets (how much the employer has accumulated to fund those benefits).  The funded percent represents how much of the employer's liabilities have been paid for.  All new employers begin at 0% funded.  Through steady monthly contributions, an employer's funded percent should steadily trend toward 100% over time.

Amortization of Unfunded Liabilities

An employer's original liability is amortized over a 30 year period and is paid down over time.  Any additional benefit enhancements will have a separate amortization period.

An employer may make lump sum payments toward their unfunded liability at any time, which will immediately reduce their monthly contribution rate and improve their funded status.  Employers interested in making lump sum payments should contact the LAGERS office.

Missouri Local Government Employees Retirement System

Phone:   1-800-447-4334      Local:  573-636-9455        Fax:  573-636-9671     Email: info@molagers.org

 

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