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Announcement of Candidates for July 6th Special Election

A special election will be held for a General Member representative to serve an extended term on the Board of Retirement from July 15, 2020 to December 31, 2020. VCERA is pleased to announce the following candidates:

  • Michael V. Marcelo
  • Paul Zaferis
  • Cecilia Hernandez-Garcia
  • Mitchell Disney
  • Jeff Pratt

   

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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.

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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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2020 Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA)

The 2020 cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for eligible retirees, beneficiaries and other payees with a retirement date of April 1, 2020 or earlier will be reflected in retirement benefit payments on April 30, 2020:

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Form 1099-Rs Mailed by January 31

Form 1099-Rs reporting the 2019 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 2019 taxable income.

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Changes in Retiree Health Insurance Impacts Net Benefit Payments

Due to the increased cost of County-sponsored health insurance plans, some VCERA retirees have noticed a change in their December 31, 2019 net benefit payment. Insurance plan premium changes took effect with the December payment in order to prepay the benefits available to enrollees in January 2020. Consequently, VCERA retirees enrolled in one of the County-sponsored plans will see a change in their net benefit payment from VCERA.

VCERA has no control over the cost of retiree health insurance. If you have questions about a County-sponsored plan, please contact Patty Vandewater at patty.vandewater@ventura.org or (805) 662-6791.

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General Member Special Election Results

On September 26, 2019, VCERA received from the Ventura County Elections Division the certified results of the Board of Retirement’s General member special election held on September 17, 2019. The official canvass indicated that Jordan Paul Roberts, a Fire Dispatch Supervisor in the Fire Department, received a plurality of the 894 votes cast among ten candidates on the ballot. Mr. Roberts will serve the remainder of a three-year term on the Board that ends on December 31, 2021.

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Non-Vested $27.50 Supplemental Benefit Resolutions

On March 17, 2003, the Board of Retirement adopted a resolution approving a supplemental, non-vested cash payment in the amount of $27.50 per month to all current and future retirees and their eligible beneficiaries who qualify for the supplemental, vested benefit of $108.44 per month. “Non-vested” means that the benefit is not a guaranteed, lifetime allowance.

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Notice to Members: Marital or Domestic Partner Separation

Your VCERA retirement benefit is considered a community property asset. Therefore, if you had a marital or domestic partner separation during your membership, your former spouse or partner may be entitled to a portion of your benefit. Please notify VCERA well in advance of submitting your Retirement Application Packet. Division of this asset must be resolved before VCERA can pay a retirement benefit or refund your contributions.