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WVC 8 - 22 - 19 §8-22-19. Levy to maintain fund.
(a)(1) 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 and funds from the Municipal Pensions Security Fund created in section eighteen-b of this article, 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 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 and funds from the Municipal Pensions Security Fund created in section eighteen-b of this article, provide funds equal to the amount necessary to meet the minimum standards for actuarial soundness as provided in section twenty of this article. The amount shall be irrevocably contributed, accumulated and invested as fund assets as described in sections twenty-one and twenty-two of this article. One twelfth of each municipality's annual contributions shall be deposited with the municipality's pension trust funds as fund assets on at least a monthly basis and any revenues received from any source by a municipality which are specifically collected for the purpose of allocation for deposit into the policemen's pension and relief fund or firemen's pension and relief fund shall be so deposited within five days of receipt by the municipality. Heretofore surplus reserves accumulated before the effective date of this section 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 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 the municipality; and the levies shall supersede and if necessary exclude levies for other purposes, where other purposes have not already attained priority, and within the limitations on taxes or tax levies imposed by the constitution and laws.

(b) The public corporations are authorized to take by gift, grant, devise or bequest any money or real or personal property on such terms as to the investment and expenditures thereof as may be fixed by the grantor or determined by the trustees.

(c) Notwithstanding provisions in section six of this article, in addition to all other sums provided for pensions in this section, it is the duty of every municipality in which any fund or funds have been or shall be 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 percent of the actual salary or compensation of such 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: Provided, That for members of the funds who are police officers or firefighters newly hired on or after January 1, 2010, the municipality shall assess and collect nine and one-half percent of the actual salary or compensation. Only those funds for which the board of trustees has collected and paid the contributions as herein provided and meeting minimum standards for actuarial soundness shall be eligible to receive moneys from the additional fire and casualty insurance premium tax as provided in section fourteen-d, article three, chapter thirty-three of this code: Provided, however, That the board of trustees for each pension and relief fund may assess and collect from each member of the paid police department or paid fire department or both each month not more than an additional two and one-half percent of the actual salary or compensation of each member, but not to exceed nine and one-half percent total contribution: Provided further, That if any board of trustees decides to assess and collect any additional amount pursuant to this subdivision above the member contribution required by this section, then that board of trustees may not reduce the additional amount until the respective pension and relief fund no longer has any actuarial deficiency: And provided further, That if any board of trustees decides to assess and collect any additional amount, any board of trustees decision and any additional amount is not the liability of the State of West Virginia. Member contributions shall be deposited in the pension and relief fund within five days of being collected.

(d)(1) For the fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2010, and subject to provisions of subsection (c), section eighteen-b of this article and section fourteen-d, article three, chapter thirty-three of this code and for each fiscal year thereafter, the Municipal Pensions Oversight Board shall receive and retain the moneys allocated to the Municipal Pensions Security Fund until such time as the treasurer of the municipality applies for the allocable portion and certifies in writing to Municipal Pensions Oversight Board that:

(A) The municipality has irrevocably contributed the amount required under this section and section twenty of this article to the pension and relief fund for the required period; and

(B) The board of trustees of the pension and relief fund has made a report to the governing body of the municipality and to the oversight board on the condition of its fund with respect to the fiscal year.

(2) When the aforementioned application and certification are made, the allocable portion of moneys from the Municipal Pensions and Protection Fund, or the Municipal Pensions Security Fund, once established, shall be paid to the corresponding policemen's or firemen's pension and relief fund. Payment to a municipal pension and relief fund shall be made by electronic funds transfer.

(e) The State Auditor and the oversight board have the power, and the duty as each considers necessary, to perform or review audits on 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 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 or from the Municipal Pensions Security Fund pursuant to provisions of subsection (c), section eighteen-b of this article. If the allocable portion of the Municipal Pensions and Protection Fund or the Municipal Pensions Security Fund is not paid to the pension and relief fund within eighteen months, the portion is forfeited by 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.

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