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Title XII
MUNICIPALITIES
Chapter 175
FIREFIGHTER PENSIONS
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F.S. 175.261
175.261 Annual report to Division of Retirement; actuarial valuations.For any municipality, special fire control district, chapter plan, local law municipality, local law special fire control district, or local law plan under this chapter, the board of trustees for every chapter plan and local law plan shall submit the following reports to the division:
(1) With respect to chapter plans:
(a) Each year, by February 1, the chair or secretary of the board of trustees of each firefighters’ pension trust fund operating under a chapter plan shall file a report with the division which contains:
1. A statement of whether in fact the municipality or special fire control district is within the provisions of s. 175.041.
2. An independent audit by a certified public accountant if the fund has $250,000 or more in assets, or a certified statement of accounting if the fund has less than $250,000 in assets, for the most recent plan year, showing a detailed listing of assets and methods used to value them and a statement of all income and disbursements during the year. Such income and disbursements shall be reconciled with the assets at the beginning and end of the year.
3. A statistical exhibit showing the total number of firefighters on the force, the number included in the retirement plan and the number ineligible, classified according to the reason for their being ineligible, and the number of disabled firefighters and retired firefighters and their beneficiaries receiving pension payments and the amounts of annual retirement income or pension payments being received by them.
4. A statement of the amount the municipality or special fire control district, or other income source, has contributed to the retirement fund for the most recent plan year and the amount the municipality or special fire control district will contribute to the retirement fund during its current plan year.
5. If any benefits are insured with a commercial insurance company, the report should include a statement of the relationship of the insured benefits to the benefits provided by this chapter as well as the name of the insurer and information about the basis of premium rates, mortality table, interest rates, and method used in valuing retirement benefits.
(b) In addition to annual reports provided under paragraph (a), by February 1 of each triennial year, an actuarial valuation of the chapter plan must be made by the division at least once every 3 years, as provided in s. 112.63, commencing 3 years from the last actuarial valuation of the plan or system for existing plans, or commencing 3 years from issuance of the initial actuarial impact statement submitted under s. 112.63 for newly created plans. To that end, the chair of the board of trustees for each firefighters’ pension trust fund operating under a chapter plan shall report to the division such data as it needs to complete an actuarial valuation of each fund. The forms for each municipality and special fire control district shall be supplied by the division. The expense of this actuarial valuation shall be borne by the firefighters’ pension trust fund established by ss. 175.041 and 175.121. The requirements of this section are supplemental to the actuarial valuations necessary to comply with s. 218.39.
(2) With respect to local law plans:
(a) Each year, on or before March 15, the trustees of the retirement plan shall submit the following information to the division in order for the retirement plan of such municipality or special fire control district to receive a share of the state funds for the then-current calendar year:
1. A certified copy of each and every instrument constituting or evidencing the plan. This includes the formal plan, including all amendments, the trust agreement, copies of all insurance contracts, and formal announcement material.
2. An independent audit by a certified public accountant if the fund has $250,000 or more in assets, or a certified statement of accounting if the fund has less than $250,000 in assets, for the most recent plan year, showing a detailed listing of assets and a statement of all income and disbursements during the year. Such income and disbursements must be reconciled with the assets at the beginning and end of the year.
3. A certified statement listing the investments of the plan and a description of the methods used in valuing the investments.
4. A statistical exhibit showing the total number of firefighters, the number included in the plan, and the number ineligible classified according to the reasons for their being ineligible, and the number of disabled and retired firefighters and their beneficiaries receiving pension payments and the amounts of annual retirement income or pension payments being received by them.
5. A certified statement describing the methods, factors, and actuarial assumptions used in determining the cost.
6. A certified statement by an enrolled actuary showing the results of the latest actuarial valuation of the plan and a copy of the detailed worksheets showing the computations used in arriving at the results.
7. A statement of the amount the municipality or special fire control district, or other income source, has contributed toward the plan for the most recent plan year and will contribute toward the plan for the current plan year.

When any of the items required hereunder is identical to the corresponding item submitted for a previous year, it is not necessary for the trustees to submit duplicate information if they make reference to the item in the previous year’s report.

(b) In addition to annual reports provided under paragraph (a), an actuarial valuation of the retirement plan must be made at least once every 3 years, as provided in s. 112.63, commencing 3 years from the last actuarial valuation of the plan or system for existing plans, or commencing 3 years from issuance of the initial actuarial impact statement submitted under s. 112.63 for newly created plans. Such valuation shall be prepared by an enrolled actuary, subject to the following conditions:
1. The assets shall be valued as provided in s. 112.625(7).
2. The cost of the actuarial valuation must be paid by the individual firefighters’ retirement fund or by the sponsoring municipality or special fire control district.
3. A report of the valuation, including actuarial assumptions and type and basis of funding, shall be made to the division within 3 months after the date of valuation. If any benefits are insured with a commercial insurance company, the report must include a statement of the relationship of the retirement plan benefits to the insured benefits, the name of the insurer, the basis of premium rates, and the mortality table, interest rate, and method used in valuing the retirement benefits.
History.s. 1, ch. 63-249; s. 4, ch. 65-58; ss. 13, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 17, ch. 81-168; s. 15, ch. 86-41; s. 31, ch. 93-193; s. 928, ch. 95-147; s. 7, ch. 96-324; s. 27, ch. 99-1; s. 42, ch. 2001-266; s. 15, ch. 2004-305.