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Annual Benefits Statements

2021 Annual Benefit Statements will be mailed to all active VCERA members within the upcoming weeks.

Your 2021 Annual Benefit Statement will not include projected retirement benefit amounts. This is due to pending litigation involving the Alameda Decision that could affect the accuracy of benefit estimates provided by VCERA. VCERA requests your patience as we implement the Alameda Decision. During this time, VCERA remains committed to providing you with excellent member service and accurate information. Please visit www.vcera.org for updates.

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Excluded PEPRA pay codes

On April 19, 2021, the Board of Retirement approved to ratify staff determination on pay codes impacted by the October 12, 2020, Resolution regarding Alameda implementation for compensation earnable and pensionable compensation.

The attached list of pay codes reflects those used for the pay items that are not pensionable under the Resolution’s criteria.

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Form 1099-Rs Mailed by January 31

Form 1099-Rs reporting the 2020 retirement earnings of retirees and other VCERA payees were mailed by January 31, 2020. The 1099-Rs are also available in Member Portal accounts. Members are encouraged to consult a qualified tax preparer with questions about their 2020 taxable income.

For information regarding income tax, please click here.

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2021 Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA)

The 2021 cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for eligible retirees, beneficiaries and other payees with a retirement date of April 1, 2021 or earlier will be reflected in retirement benefit payments on April 30, 2021:

Safety retirees and General Tier 1 retirees:

Date of Retirement:

4/2/2018 to 4/1/2021  1.5%
4/2/1982 to 4/1/2018  2.0%
4/2/1975 to 4/1/1982  3.0%

General Tier 2 and Tier 8 retirees (SEIU service): 2.0%

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Alameda Decision Implementation Update from Retirement Administrator, Linda Webb

Dear County Employees & VCERA Members,

On October 12, 2020, the VCERA Board of Retirement will be considering a matter of general interest and importance to VCERA members regarding the impact of the California Supreme Court Alameda decision on VCERA. You may have received an email containing two letters from the County on this topic.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
A Message from Retirement Administrator, Linda Webb

VCERA Members, Employers and the Public, 

We are all adjusting to the threat of COVID-19, and we understand you may have concerns on how VCERA is responding to the crisis.

First, the VCERA offices are closed to the public, and staff is working almost entirely remotely. However, we are working and performing our critical functions. VCERA is adhering to the Governor’s order and placing the health and safety of our members and staff – and their families – above all else.

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VCERA Mourns the Passing of Chairman Trustee, William Wilson

The Ventura County Employees’ Retirement Association (VCERA) is mourning the loss of Chairman Trustee, William Wilson, who passed away on July 11, 2020. Trustee Wilson was appointed to the VCERA Board by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors on January 30, 1995.  

“Trustee Wilson was a man of integrity, and as a trustee he provided strong and steady leadership,” said Linda Webb, VCERA’s Retirement Administrator. “His expertise, financial acumen and common sense approach will be missed. His contribution to VCERA and the entire community can’t be overstated.”

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Farewell to Trustee Winter

Trustee Craig Winter announced he will be resigning his seat on the Board of Retirement as of June 27, 2020. Mr. Winter served as a trustee of the Board being elected by General members in 2015 and served for over 5 years.

Mr. Winter will retire after working for the Ventura County Health Care Agency as a pharmacist for over 9 years. The Board of Retirement and VCERA staff thank Mr. Winter for his dedicated service and wish him a long and happy retirement.

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CARES Act

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law on March 27, 2020, to ease the financial impact of the COVID-19 crisis. VCERA members receiving COVID-19 related distributions from retirement accounts from January 1, 2020, to December 30, 2020, may be eligible for tax relief upon filing their tax returns. Please consult a qualified tax advisor for questions relating to eligibility rules and applicable relief provisions.