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RULE §310.6 Local Contributions

Published: 2015

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(a) Except as otherwise provided by this section, each
participating department shall make a contribution for each month
or a portion of a month a member performs emergency services for the
department. The monthly contribution is composed of two parts, as
follows. Part One is the legacy portion of the contribution that directly
impacts future retiree annuities, that includes a minimum contribution
amount set by the state board. A participating department may elect
to make contributions at a greater rate by notifying the Executive
Director in writing of the rate. Part Two is the portion of the local
contribution that does not impact annuities. Part Two may be adjusted
near the end of every even numbered calendar year by the state board
based on the most recent actuarial valuation to be effective for the
next two state fiscal years, beginning September 1. The Part Two portion
of the contribution may be adjusted up or down. The purpose of Part
Two is to assist the system in achieving an adequate contribution
rate for system obligations. In no case shall the Part Two portion
of the contribution, exceed 15 percent of the Part One portion of
the contribution. Contributions are payable for each month or portion
of a month of service regardless of whether the member receives a
year of qualified service. Contributions are payable as provided by §865.014,
Government Code, and §310.8 of this title.
(b) The minimum contribution rate for each participating
department is $36 per member. After August 31, 2015, the minimum contribution
rate for each participating department is $36 per member plus any
Part Two rate that might be charged by the system, as outlined in
subsection (a) of this section.
(c) Contributions are payable during a period of temporary
disability or when leave is taken under the Family and Medical Leave
Act of 1993 (29 U.S.C. §2601 et seq.), but are not payable when
a member is performing active military duty, although the member receives
credit for qualified service when performing active military duty.
(d) Contributions required under this section are not
considered compensation to the members for whom they are made.

Source Note: The provisions of this §310.6 adopted to be effective October 2, 2005, 30 TexReg 6063; amended to be effective September 1, 2006, 31 TexReg 5811; amended to be effective July 27, 2014, 39 TexReg 5625; amended to be effective October 18, 2015, 40 TexReg 7104