City of Scranton, PA
Lackawanna County
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[Adopted 9-29-1976 as Ch. 12, Art. II, of the 1979 Code]
There is hereby created and established a pension fund for the pensioning of employees of the City, which shall be known as the "Pension Fund of the City of Scranton."
The beneficiaries of the pension fund shall be those persons designated in the Act of May 28, 1915 (53 P.S. § 23561 et seq.), as amended, and they shall pay such dues and receive such pensions as are provided for in such Act. Dues shall be deducted from the regular monthly or semimonthly payrolls of such employees.
The moneys of the pension fund shall be invested in such securities as the Pension Board shall from time to time designate and approve.
Council shall annually set aside and appropriate out of all taxes or income of the City to the Pension Board a sum sufficient to maintain the pensions or compensations due under this Article and the Act of May 28, 1915 (53 P.S. § 23561 et seq.), as amended.
This Article shall apply to all persons employed in any capacity by or holding positions under the City, except laborers employed at a per diem wage, with whom it shall be optional whether they shall make payments into the pension fund and receive the benefits thereof, and except also all of the members or employees of the Bureau of Fire and the Bureau of Police.
Laborers employed at a per diem wage for the Department of Public Works, City of Scranton, or any other laborer employed by the Department of Public Works who, pursuant to the collective bargaining agreement between the Department of Public Works and the City of Scranton[1] is permitted to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (I.A.M.) Pension Fund for the Department of Public Works, then said laborer is prohibited from being a member of both the City employees' pension fund and the I.A.M. pension fund. Said laborer shall be permitted to be a member of only one pension fund governing the course of employment with the City of Scranton.
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Editor's Note: The collective bargaining agreement is on file in the City offices.
A. 
Pursuant to the authority conferred by Act 501, approved July 3, 1947, P.L. 1232 (53 P.S. § 30786), this section is hereby enacted.
B. 
All persons now or hereafter employed in the office of the collector of taxes shall be permitted to join the pension fund of the City for City employees as outlined by this Article. Such persons now or hereafter employed in the office of the collector of taxes shall join the City pension fund subject to the terms of this section and subject to this Article, its amendments and supplements, and the rules of the pension fund.
C. 
Council shall annually set aside and appropriate out of all taxes or income of the City to the pension fund a sum sufficient to build up 1/2 of the reserves necessary for the payment of the City's annuity of such employees of the tax collector upon retirement.
D. 
This section shall not become effective until such time as the school district of the City has duly adopted a resolution whereby the school district will pay from time to time 1/2 of the moneys required to build up the reserves necessary for the payment of the City's annuity of such employees of the office of the collector of taxes upon retirement as provided by Act 501, approved July 3, 1947, P.L. 1232 (53 P.S. § 30786).
E. 
The Treasurer and the Secretary of the pension fund shall maintain separate records of funds received from or on account of the employees of the Office of the Collector of Taxes and shall keep separate records of the pensions paid to such employees.
F. 
All employees of the Office of the Collector of Taxes shall register with the Secretary of the pension fund upon entering the employ of such office.
G. 
All persons employed in the office of the collector of taxes shall make payments into the pension fund of all sums accrued at the rate established since the date of employment. Such arrearages accrued with interest thereon 60 days after the date of approval of this section and the adoption of a resolution by the school district of the City, if not previously paid, shall be deducted out of the first moneys hereafter payable by way of pension to any person otherwise entitled to receive the same.
H. 
The pension paid to all employees of the Office of the Collector of Taxes shall be at the rate and under the same terms and conditions as are now paid to the employees of the City who are members of the City pension fund.
A. 
Pursuant to the authority conferred by the Act of May 28, 1915, P.L. 596 (53 P.S. § 23561 et seq.), this section is hereby enacted.
B. 
All persons now or hereafter employed by the public library shall be permitted to join the pension fund for City employees as outlined by this Article . Such persons now or hereafter employed by the public library shall join the City pension fund subject to the terms of this section and this Article, its amendments, supplements, and the rules of the pension fund.
C. 
The Treasurer and the Secretary of the fund shall maintain separate records of funds received from and on account of the employees of the public library and shall keep separate records of the pensions paid to such employees.
D. 
All employees of the public library shall register with the Secretary of the pension fund upon entering the employ of the library.
E. 
All persons employed by the public library shall make payments into the pension fund of all the sums accrued at the rate established. Such arrearages accrued with interest thereon, 60 days after the date of approval of this section, if not previously paid, shall be deducted out of the first moneys hereafter payable by way of pension to any person otherwise entitled to receive the same.
F. 
The pension paid to all employees of the public library shall be at the rate and under the same terms and conditions as are now paid to the employees of the City who are members of the City pension fund.
[Amended by Ord. No. 76-1994]
The City employees, including all employees of the Office of the Collector of Taxes, and all employees of the public library, and contributing members after May 7, 1965, shall pay into the pension fund, or have deducted from their salaries or wages, an amount equal to 3% of their monthly salaries or wages; in no event, however, paying at a rate greater than $24 a month. The City Controller is hereby authorized to make payroll deductions accordingly, and in accordance with Act 38, approved May 7, 1965 (53 P.S. § 30591 et seq.).
All persons originally employed prior to May 28, 1915, may make payment into the pension fund of all sums accrued at the rate established since such date, and all persons originally employed subsequent to May 28, 1915, may make payment into the fund of all sums accrued at the rate established since the date of employment. Such arrearages accrued with interest thereon, commencing 60 days after the date of the approval of the ordinance from which this section was derived, if not previously paid, shall be deducted out of the first moneys hereafter payable by way of pension to any person otherwise entitled to receive the same.
[Amended by Ord. No. 76-1994; 4-5-1999 by Ord. No. 42-1999]
A. 
Under authority of Act 84 of 1987,[1] the amount of monthly benefits to vested persons otherwise eligible for the same from the municipal pension fund shall not exceed $600 per month, for those members vested and otherwise eligible with 20 years of service; $650 for those members vested and otherwise eligible with 20 years of service; $650 for those members vested and otherwise eligible with 21 and 30 years of service; $700 per month for those members vested and otherwise eligible with 31 years of service or more years of service.
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Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 30592.
B. 
A disability benefit is provided for a member after 10 years of service and before attaining the age of 55 years of age, and if accepted must pay an additional 10 years after the first 10 years is paid out. The benefit is set at $600 per month, for those members vested and otherwise eligible with 20 years of service; $650 for those members vested and otherwise eligible with 20 years of service; $650 for those members vested and otherwise eligible with 21 and 30 years of service; $700 per month for those members vested and otherwise eligible with 31 years of service or more years of service.
The pension fund shall be controlled, administered and distributed by a Board, which is hereby created, to be known as the "Pension Board of the City of Scranton."
The Pension Board shall consist of the Mayor, City Controller, President of City Council and two employees to be chosen by the employees contributing to such pension fund.
The Pension Board shall perform such duties as are imposed upon it by this Article and the Act of Assembly entitled "An Act requiring cities of the second class to establish a pension fund for employees of said cities and regulating the administration and the payment of such pensions," approved May 28, 1915, P.L. 596 (53 P.S. § 23561 et seq.), and shall have the power to make such reasonable rules governing the pension fund as it may deem necessary to carry into effect the provisions of this Article and such act.
Council shall provide the Pension Board with proper quarters for the transaction of its business and appropriate annually sufficient funds for its maintenance and incidental expenses.
The officers of the Pension Board shall consist of a President who shall be one of the members of the Board and who shall be chosen annually by the Board, a Treasurer who shall be the City Treasurer and a Secretary who shall be appointed by the Board.
The President shall preside at all meetings of the Pension Board, shall sign all checks for payment authorized by the Board and certified by the Secretary and shall perform such other duties as the Board may assign to him.
The Treasurer shall receive from the Secretary all moneys due the pension fund, giving the Secretary a receipt therefor and shall deposit the same in a bank or banks designated by the Pension Board. He shall pay out all moneys in his hands upon checks signed by the President and Secretary and shall furnish a surety company bond in such sum as the Board may require, the premium thereon to be paid by the Board.
The Secretary of the Pension Board shall conduct the office and business of the Board subject to the general direction of the Board. He shall receive all moneys due the fund and shall turn over same to the Treasurer, taking his receipt therefor. He shall certify for payment by the Treasurer all checks authorized by the Board. He shall keep the minutes of the meetings of the Board, conduct the correspondence and keep the records and seal of the Board. He shall install and maintain a system of records or accounts showing the monthly payments of each employee to the pension fund, the total payments made monthly to the fund by the employees in each division, bureau and department, the receipts from all sources and all moneys expended by the Board. The Secretary shall secure and install all proper and necessary equipment, books, ledgers, records, index systems and printed forms needed in the conduct of the business of the Board. He shall compile a full and complete record of the services of all persons subject to the provisions of this Article, showing in detail all of the following facts concerning each employee: age; original date of employment; all different positions held; rate of pay with all increases and decreases from time to time; all interruptions in the continuity of service by reason of resignations, dismissals and leaves of absence without pay; and promotions, demotions and transfers from one department or bureau to another. The Secretary shall make a monthly report to the Board of all receipts, expenditures and balances. He shall furnish a surety company bond in an amount sufficient to cover funds entrusted to him, to be fixed by the Board, premium thereon to be paid by the Board.
The Secretary of the Pension Board shall receive a salary at the rate established by Council. The other officers shall serve without pay.
The two members of the Pension Board to be chosen by the employees contributing to the pension fund shall be chosen as follows: within 30 days after the approval of this section any such contributing employee may be nominated, in writing, over the signature of five of such contributing members, all nominations to be handed to the Mayor. The Mayor shall then cause an announcement to be posted in the main corridor of City hall, naming all such nominees and fixing the time and place for the election, which shall be held within the following week. The election shall be conducted by the Mayor, the president of Council and the City Controller, or by substitutes chosen by them respectively. The polls shall be opened for one hour and the voting shall be by written secret ballot, but no ballot shall be counted for any person not duly nominated as aforesaid. The two nominees receiving the highest vote shall be declared elected and shall serve as members of the Board for the period of three years, and until their successors are duly elected and qualified.
[Adopted as Ord. No. 151-1987 (Ch. 12, Art. II, Div. 3, of the 1979 Code)]
A. 
On or after July 1, 1987, any individual who becomes a member of the nonuniform pension fund shall be governed by the provisions of this article.
B. 
Prior to July 1, 1987, any member of the nonuniform pension fund is eligible to be governed by the provisions of this article.
Every member who shall have served continuously for a period of 15 years, periods of suspension and absence excluded, having attained the age of 55 and contributed to the pension fund for 20 years shall be eligible to retire.
The monthly pension benefit is to be set at 70% of the average monthly salary calculated over the last 60 months of employment, not to exceed $250 per month.
There shall not be a cost of living increase for any type of retirement.
There shall not be a service increment for any type of retirement.
There shall not be any lump sum death benefit.
A member shall be vested for a benefit after 15 years of continuous service, periods of suspension and absence excluded.
[Amended 4-5-1999 by Ord. No. 43-1999]
A disability benefit is provided for a member after 10 years of service and before attaining the age of 55, and if accepted must pay an additional 10 years after the first 10 years is paid out. The benefit is set at $550 per month, for those members vested and otherwise eligible with 20 years of service; $600 for those members vested and otherwise eligible with 21 and 30 years of service; $650 per month for those members vested and otherwise eligible with 31 years of service or more years of service.
There shall not be a survivor benefit.
Each member shall contribute 3% of pay to the nonuniform pension fund, but not more than $6 per month.
[Added 5-10-1995 by Ord. No. 56-1995]
A 6% late fee on pension contributors who are 60 days or more in arrears on contributions to the Nonuniform Municipal Pension Fund is hereby set forth.
The administration of the nonuniform revised pension plan shall be the same as the previously adopted nonuniform pension plan.
[Added 5-7-1999 by Ord. No. 73-1999]
A. 
The revised Benefit Pension Plan for Nonuniform Employees will provide eligibility for an immediate early retirement, provided that the plan member has attained the age of 55, completed 10 years of service and has contributed to the plan for 20 years. Members are vested in their accrued early retirement benefit upon completion of 10 years of service. The date of employment termination further reduces the benefit by 0.5% for each month the early retirement precedes the normal retirement date.
B. 
This section shall become effective immediately upon approval. This section applies only to current and active employees of the City of Scranton as of December 31, 1998. Former employees, who were not employed as of December 31, 1998, as a nonuniform employee of the City of Scranton, and who will not be in the future so employed, are not eligible for the early retirement benefit.
[Amended 6-14-1999 by Ord. No. 79-1999]