Retirement and Pension Benefits

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Pension Plan

Pension Estimates will be provided for requests that meet the following criteria:

  1. Vested Employees (10 years of consecutive full-time service)
  2. Employees within 5 years of retirement (earliest eligible age is 55)
  3. Estimates for ages 55, 60, or 62
  4. Priority will be given to requests for retirements anticipated within the current year

The ACC Pension Plan is designed to provide a monthly retirement income in addition to other retirement savings plans and Social Security which an employee may be eligible to receive. An employee is vested in the plan after completing 10 consecutive years of credited service. Credit towards the 10 consecutive years of service begins with the first day of employment with Athens-Clarke County. Normal retirement age is 60 for Certified Police, Deputy Sheriff, Corrections Officers, and Certified Firefighters with at least 10 years service. All other employees are eligible for normal retirement benefits at age 62 with 10 years credited service. There are provisions for early retirement beginning at age 55 and with 10 years of credited service, however, a 4% reduction factor is applied for each year less than the normal retirement age.

Deferred Compensation

Deferred compensation, under IRS Code 457, is a tax deferred supplemental retirement program that allows public employees to contribute a portion of their salary, before federal and state taxes, to a retirement account. The government's aim in establishing these tax-favored plans is to encourage workers to build their own financial security in anticipation of retirement. ACC employees are eligible to enroll in the deferred compensation plans on the first day of their employment. ACC also offers a deferred compensation package with a 1% (401a) match on the first 4% of salary contributed to a 457 plan.