2018 Mississippi Code
Title 21 - Municipalities
Chapter 29 - Employees’ Retirement and Disability Systems
Article 1 - General Municipal Employees’ Retirement.
§ 21-29-23. Funds.
- All funds provided for herein shall be part of the public funds of the Public Employees’ Retirement System and shall be kept in such way as it is required by law to keep its funds. All allowances or withdrawals from such funds shall be drawn against such funds by the rules and regulations of the Public Employees’ Retirement System. All securities purchased with money of the various funds under this article shall be purchased in the name of the Public Employees’ Retirement System and held as are other securities of the Public Employees’ Retirement System. The Public Employees’ Retirement System shall maintain separate municipal accounts for each fund. The following funds shall be set up by any municipality operating under the provisions of this article:
(a) Employees’ saving fund. — The employees’ saving fund shall be the fund in which shall be accumulated the contribution from the compensation of the members and the contributions of members who have prior service to provide for the maintenance, by the clerk of the employer, of an individual account with each member showing the amount of the member’s contributions credited to his account and showing interest credited to his account as by the board directed. The portion of the accumulated contributions of a member returned to him upon his withdrawing from service, or paid to his designated beneficiary or legal representative in event of his death, as provided in Sections 21-29-19 and 21-29-21, shall be paid from the employees’ saving fund and charged against his individual account therein and the balance then standing in his name in his individual account in said fund shall be transferred to the retirement reserve fund and his individual account closed. The contribution of each member to the employees’ saving fund, beginning with the effective date of the retirement system as fixed by ordinance of the governing body, shall be four percent (4%) of his compensation. The employer shall cause the said contribution to be deducted from the cash compensation of each member on each and every payroll period, so long as he remains a member of the retirement system. Every member shall be deemed to consent and agree to the deductions made and provided for herein, and his receipt for his full compensation and payment less said deduction shall be a full and complete discharge and acquittance of all claims and demands whatsoever for the services rendered by such member during the period covered by such payment, except as to benefits provided under this article. The employer shall, within five (5) days following the end of each calendar month, forward the member contributions deducted from the compensation of each member during the preceding calendar month to the Public Employees’ Retirement System, to be placed in the employees’ saving fund.
(b) Retirement reserve fund. — The Public Employees’ Retirement System shall place in the retirement reserve fund all taxes levied and collected pursuant to the provisions of Section 21-29-27. All retirement and disability allowances shall be paid from this fund.
(c) Income Fund. — All interest and other income derived from the deposits and investments authorized by this article shall be paid into the income fund.
- The board shall annually allow interest for the preceding year to the individual accounts of members of the employees’ savings fund based on the average interest and income received from the investment and deposit of the moneys of the employees’ savings fund and the retirement reserve fund, provided that the allowed interest on contributions made by members within any one (1) year shall be computed, beginning on the first day of the fiscal year next following, and shall be computed at the end of the fiscal year. Within thirty (30) days after the end of each fiscal year the allowed interest on the accounts in the employees’ savings fund shall be credited to the individual accounts of the members and the total thereof placed in the employees’ savings fund and any balance of such interest and income shall be placed in the retirement reserve fund. All costs incidental to the investment of funds shall be paid out of this fund.