The City's Pension Plan
The City of Andrews is a member of Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) a statewide, multiple employer agent plan. In an agent plan, each participating government’s pension is centrally administered and governed by state statutes but the assets and related pension liabilities for each government are accounted for separately and any unfunded liabilities are solely the obligation of that government. Andrews has chosen from a menu of plan options as authorized by the TMRS statute. Andrews’ plan provides the following benefit level:
|Employee contribution rate:||7% of pay|
|Matching ratio (city to employee):||2 to 1|
|Years required for vesting:||10|
|Service retirment eligibility (age/years of service):||60/10, 0/25|
|Updated Service Credits:||100% repeating, transfers|
|Cost of Living Adjustments:||70% of CPI, repeating|
Upon retirement the employee account balance including interest is combined with the employer match to price a lifetime annuity based on the employee’s age at retirement.
Actuarial Information as of December 31, 2015
|Actuarial accrued liability (AAL)||$23,673,440|
|Actuarial value of assets (AVA)||$19,554,059|
|Unfunded actuarial accrued liability (UAAL)||$4,119,381|
|Funded Ratio (AVA/AAL)||82.60%|
|Equivalent Single Amortization Period||20.1 years|
|Assumed rate of return||6.75%|
|UAAL as a percent of covered payroll||96.2%|
Equivalent single amortization period - The weighted average of all amortization periods used when components of the total unfunded actuarial accrued liability are separately amortized and the average is calculated in accordance with the parameters.
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The following documents can be found under the Financial Reports tab at http://www.tmrs.com/publications.php
- Actuarial valuations for at least the past 5 years.
- Annual Reports for at least the past 5 years.
Portfolio Management Strategy
Plan assets are managed on a total return basis with an emphasis on both capital appreciation as well as the production of income, in order to satisfy the short-term and long-term funding needs of TMRS. The long-term expected rate of return on pension plan investments was determined using a building-block method in which best estimate ranges of expected future real rates of return (expected returns, net of pension plan investment expense and inflation) are developed for each major asset class. These ranges are combined to produce the long-term expected rate of return by weighting the expected future real rates of return by the target asset allocation percentage and by adding expected inflation. In determining their best estimate of a recommended investment return assumption under the various alternative asset allocation portfolios, GRS focused on the area between (1) arithmetic mean (aggressive) without an adjustment for time (conservative) and (2) the geometric mean (conservative) with an adjustment for time (aggressive). At its meeting on July 30, 2015, the TMRS Board approved a new portfolio target allocation. The target allocation and best estimates of real rates of return for each major asset class are summarized in the following table:
|Asset Class||Target %|| Long-Term Expected
Real Rate of Return
|Core fixed income||10.0%||1.00%|
|Non-core fixed income||20.0%||3.65%|
Historical Investment Returns
Source: TMRS Investment Program 2014 Year-End Wrap Up
Actuarially Determined Contribution (ADC) rate - A target or recommended contribution to a defined benefit pension plan for the reporting period, determined in conformity with Actuarial Standards of Practice based on the most recent measurement available when the contribution for the reporting period was adopted.
| Actuarilly Determined Contributions
(as a % of pay)
|Total Required Contributions||22.66%||23.35%23.||24.17%||24.70%||24.98%||29.38%|
Cross Reference of Andrews Specific Information found in TMRS documents
2015 TMRS Comprehensive Annual Financial Report: Plan Provisions Chosen (page 109)
Schedule of Changes in Fiduciary Net Position (pages 6-7)
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2015 TMRS Funding Valuation (page 117)
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