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H. B. 2451


(By Delegate Fragale)

[Introduced February 17, 2005 ; referred to the

Committee on Pensions and Retirement then Finance.]





A BILL to amend and reenact §8-22-19 of the code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; and to amend and reenact §33-3-14d of said code, all relating to making additional funds available for the fire and police pension system; making additional funds available for volunteer and part volunteer fire departments.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That §8-22-19 of the code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted; and that §33-3-14d of said code be amended and reenacted, all to read as follows:

CHAPTER 8. MUNICIPAL CORPORATIONS.

ARTICLE 22. RETIREMENT BENEFITS GENERALLY; POLICEMEN'S PENSION AND RELIEF FUND; FIREMEN'S PENSION AND RELIEF FUND; PENSION PLANS FOR EMPLOYEES OF WATERWORKS SYSTEM, SEWERAGE SYSTEM OR COMBINED WATERWORKS AND SEWERAGE SYSTEM.

§8-22-19. Levy to maintain fund.
(a) The provisions of this subsection shall remain in effect through the thirtieth day of June, one thousand nine hundred eighty-three.
In every municipality in which there is a policemen's pension and relief fund or a firemen's pension and relief fund, or both funds, the same fund shall be maintained as follows: The governing body of the municipality shall levy annually and in the manner provided by law for other municipal levies, and include within the maximum levy or levies permitted by law, and if necessary in excess of any charter provision, a tax at such rate as will, after crediting the amount of the contributions received during such the year from the members of the respective paid police department or paid fire department, provide funds equal to the sum of: (1) The full amount of estimated expenditures of the boards of trustees of the respective funds; and (2) an additional amount equal to ten percent of such the estimated expenditures, said the ten percent amount to be taken, accumulated and invested, if possible, as surplus reserve: Provided, That in no event shall such may the levy for each of the respective boards of trustees be less than one cent nor more than eight cents on each one hundred dollars of all real and personal property as listed for taxation in such the municipality: Provided, however, That in the event that if the funds derived above are not sufficient to meet the annual expenditures and the surplus reserve funds for any fiscal year do not contain a sufficient balance to maintain full retirement benefits for that fiscal year, the municipality shall for only that fiscal year levy an amount not to exceed an additional two cents on each one hundred dollars of all real and personal property listed for taxation in such the municipality: Provided further, That in the event that if a municipality is required to levy an amount for any fiscal year in excess of eight cents on each one hundred dollars of all real and personal property as provided above, the municipality shall assess and collect for only that fiscal year from each member an additional amount of one percent of the actual salary or compensation for each one cent that the municipality has levied in excess of the eight cents which shall become a required part of the pension and relief fund to which the member belongs.
The levies authorized under the provisions of this section, or any part of them, may by the governing body be laid in addition to all other municipal levies, and to that extent, beyond the limit of levy imposed by the charter of such the municipality; and such the levies shall supersede and if necessary exclude levies for other purposes if such priority or exclusion is necessary under limitations upon taxes or tax levies imposed by law.
Such Public corporations are authorized to take by gift, grant, devise or bequest, any money or real or personal property, upon such terms as to the investment and expenditures thereof as may be fixed by the grantor or determined by said the
trustees.
In addition to all other sums provided for pensions in this section, it shall be is the duty of every municipality in which any such fund or funds have been or shall be are established to assess and collect from each member of the paid police department or paid fire department or both each month, the sum of six percent of the actual salary or compensation of such the member; and the amount so collected shall become a regular part of the policemen's pension and relief fund, if collected from a policeman, and of the firemen's pension and relief fund, if collected from a fireman.
(b) (1) After the thirtieth day of June, one thousand nine hundred eighty-three: In order for a municipal policemen's or firemen's pension and relief fund to receive the allocable portion of moneys from the municipal pensions and protection fund established in section fourteen-d, article three, chapter thirty-three of this code, the governing body of the municipality shall levy annually and in the manner provided by law for other municipal levies, and include within the maximum levy or levies permitted by law, and if necessary in excess of any charter provision, a tax at such rate as will, after crediting: (A) The amount of the contributions received during such the year from the members of the respective paid police department or paid fire department; and (B) the allocable portion of the municipal pensions and protection fund established in section fourteen-d, article three, chapter thirty-three of this code provide funds equal to the amount necessary to meet the minimum standards for actuarial soundness as provided in section twenty of this article, said the amount to be irrevocably contributed, accumulated and invested as fund assets described in sections twenty-one and twenty-two of this article. Such The municipality contributions shall be deposited as such fund assets on at least a quarterly basis and any revenues received from any source by a municipality which are specifically collected for the purpose of allocation for deposit into such the fund shall be so deposited within thirty days of receipt by the municipality. Such heretofore Any surplus reserves accumulated before the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred eighty-three, shall be irrevocably contributed, aggregated and invested as fund assets described in sections twenty-one and twenty-two of this article. Any actuarial deficiency arising under this section and section twenty of this article shall not be is not the obligation of the State of West Virginia.
(2) The levies authorized under the provisions of this section, or any part of them, may by the governing body be laid in addition to all other municipal levies, and to that extent, beyond the limit of levy imposed by the charter of such the municipality; and such the levies shall supersede and if necessary exclude levies for other purposes, where such the other purposes have not already attained priority, and within the limitations upon taxes or tax levies imposed by the Constitution and laws.
(3) Such Public corporations are authorized to take by gift, grant, devise or bequest, any money or real or personal property, upon such terms as to the investment and expenditures thereof as may be fixed by the grantor or determined by said trustees.
(4) In addition to all other sums provided for pensions in this section, it shall be is the duty of every municipality in which any such fund or funds have been or shall be are established to assess and collect from each member of the paid police department or paid fire department or both each month, the sum of seven eight percent of the actual salary or compensation of such the member; and the amount so collected shall become a regular part of the policemen's pension and relief fund, if collected from a policeman, and of the firemen's pension and relief fund, if collected from a fireman. Such Member contributions shall be deposited in such the pension and relief fund on at least a monthly basis.
(5) For the fiscal year beginning on the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred eighty-three and for each fiscal year thereafter, the State Treasurer shall retain the allocable portion of the municipal pensions and protection fund, established in section fourteen-d, article three, chapter thirty-three of this code, until such time as the treasurer of the municipality applies for such the allocable portion and certifies in writing to the State Auditor that:
(A) The municipality has irrevocably contributed the amount required under this section and section twenty of this article to such the pension and relief fund for the fiscal year; and
(B) The board of trustees of such the pension and relief fund has made a report to the governing body of the municipality on the condition of its fund with respect to the fiscal year.
(6) When the aforementioned application and certification are made the allocable portion of moneys from the municipal pensions and protection fund shall be paid to the corresponding policemen's or firemen's pension and relief fund.
(7) The State Auditor has the power and duty as he deems necessary to may perform or review audits on such the pension and relief funds or to employ an independent consulting actuary or accountant to determine the compliance of the aforementioned certification with the requirements of this section and section twenty of this article. The expense of such the audit or determination shall be paid from the portion of the municipal pensions and protection fund allocable to municipal policemen's and firemen's pension and relief funds. If such the allocable portion of the municipal pensions and protection fund is not paid to such the pension and relief fund within thirty-six months, such the portion is forfeited by such the pension and relief fund and is allocable to other eligible municipal policemen's and firemen's pension and relief funds in accordance with section fourteen-d, article three, chapter thirty-three of this code.
CHAPTER 33. INSURANCE.

ARTICLE 3. LICENSING, FEES AND TAXATION OF INSURERS.

§33-3-14d. Additional fire and casualty insurance premium tax; allocation of proceeds; effective date.

(a) For the purpose of providing additional revenue for municipal policemen's and firemen's pension and relief funds and the teachers retirement system reserve fund and for volunteer and part volunteer fire companies and departments, there is hereby levied and imposed an additional premium tax equal to one two percent of taxable premiums for fire insurance and casualty insurance policies. For purposes of this section, casualty insurance does not include insurance on the life of a debtor pursuant to or in connection with a specific loan or other credit transaction or insurance on a debtor to provide indemnity for payments becoming due on a specific loan or other credit transaction while the debtor is disabled as defined in the policy.
All moneys collected from this additional tax shall be received by the Commissioner and paid by him or her into a special account in the State Treasury, designated the municipal pensions and protection fund. The net proceeds of this tax after appropriation thereof by the Legislature is distributed in accordance with the provisions of this section.
(b) (1) Before the first day of August of each calendar year, the treasurer of each municipality in which a municipal policemen's or firemen's pension and relief fund has been established shall report to the State Treasurer the average monthly number of members who worked at least one hundred hours per month and the average monthly number of retired members of municipal policemen's or firemen's pension systems during the preceding fiscal year.
(2) Before the first day of September of each calendar year, the State Treasurer shall allocate and authorize for distribution the revenues in the municipal pensions and protection fund which were collected during the preceding calendar year for the purposes set forth in this section. Sixty-five percent of the revenues are allocated to municipal policemen's and firemen's pension and relief funds; twenty-five thirty percent of the revenues shall be allocated to volunteer and part volunteer fire companies and departments; and ten five percent of such allocated revenues are allocated to the teachers retirement system reserve fund created by section eighteen, article seven-a, chapter eighteen of this code: Provided, That in any year the actuarial report required by section twenty, article twenty-two, chapter eight of this code indicates no actuarial deficiency in the municipal policemen's or firemen's pension and relief fund, no revenues may be allocated from the municipal pensions and protection fund to that fund. The revenues from the municipal pensions and protection fund shall then be allocated to all other pension funds which have an actuarial deficiency.
(3) The moneys, and the interest earned thereon, in the municipal pensions and protection fund allocated to volunteer and part volunteer fire companies and departments shall be allocated and distributed quarterly to the volunteer fire companies and departments. Before each distribution date, the State fire marshal shall report to the State Treasurer the names and addresses of all volunteer and part volunteer fire companies and departments within the State which meet the eligibility requirements established in section eight-a, article fifteen, chapter eight of this code.
(c) (1) Each municipal pension and relief fund shall have allocated and authorized for distribution a pro rata share of the revenues allocated to municipal policemen's and firemen's pension and relief funds based upon the corresponding municipality's average monthly number of members who worked at least one hundred hours per month during the preceding fiscal year. On and after the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred ninety-seven, from the growth in any moneys collected pursuant to the tax imposed by this section there shall be allocated and authorized for distribution to each municipal pension and relief fund, a pro rata share of the revenues allocated to municipal policemen's and firemen's pension and relief funds based upon the corresponding municipalities average number of members who worked at least one hundred hours per month and average monthly number of retired members. For the purposes of this subsection, the growth in moneys collected from the tax collected pursuant to this section is determined by subtracting the amount of the tax collected during the fiscal year ending the thirtieth day of June, one thousand nine hundred ninety-six, from the tax collected during the fiscal year for which the allocation is being made. All moneys received by municipal pension and relief funds under this section may be expended only for those purposes described in sections sixteen through twenty-eight, inclusive, article twenty-two, chapter eight of this code.
(2) Each volunteer fire company or department shall receive an equal share of the revenues allocated for volunteer and part volunteer fire companies and departments.
(3) In addition to the share allocated and distributed in accordance with subdivision (1) of this subsection, each municipal fire department composed of full-time paid members and volunteers and part volunteer fire companies and departments shall receive a share equal to the share distributed to volunteer fire companies under subdivision (2) of this subsection reduced by an amount equal to the share multiplied by the ratio of the number of full-time paid fire department members who are also members of a municipal firemen's pension system to the total number of members of the fire department.
(d) The allocation and distribution of revenues provided for in this section are subject to the provisions of section twenty, article twenty-two, and sections eight-a and eight-b, article fifteen, chapter eight of this code.




NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to make additional funds available for the fire and police pension system and make additional funds available for volunteer and part volunteer fire departments by increasing the premium tax on insurance. It also increases the amount of contribution members of municipal fire and police departments make to their retirement systems.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.

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