TMRS is a statewide retirement system established in 1947 that provides retirement, disability, and death benefits for employees of participating Texas municipalities.
The TMRS Annual Training Seminar is just around the corner. This year’s seminar, “Exploring TMRS,” will be held in Austin November 17 – 18 at the Sheraton Austin Hotel, 711 E. 11th Street. The group rate for the seminar hotel ends on October 29, 2014. You can make your hotel reservation online or call 888.627.8349 or 512.478.1111. Be sure to mention you are with the TMRS Annual Seminar block of rooms.
In addition to reserving your hotel room, please send in your registration form with payment of $125 (check only) to TMRS. General sessions feature national pension and research experts, and concurrent sessions will be offered in two training tracks – one for administrators and the other for financial personnel (see agenda for details).We hope you will be able to join us in Austin! If you have any questions about the seminar, contact us at email@example.com.
The 2013 TMRS Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) was approved by the Board of Trustees on June 20 and is available in PDF format (270 pages). Also available is the 4-page 2013 TMRS Summary Annual Financial Report, which will be sent to all members and retirees in the next issues of INSIGHT and RetirementWise in the coming weeks.
The 2015 TMRS Rate Letters are now available. Follow this link and choose your city’s name from the pull-down menu to view or print your 2015 Rate Letter. The letter shows your city’s contribution rate for the year beginning January 1, 2015.
The TMRS retirement benefit estimator on MyTMRS and the TMRS City Portal has been updated to incorporate changes approved by the TMRS Board of Trustees to the implementation of generational mortality tables. The approved methodology produces more consistent benefit accruals throughout a calendar year and results in monthly annuities greater than or equal to the monthly annuity that would have been received under the original implementation methodology. If you have run estimates of your retirement benefit between January 1, 2014, and June 1, 2014, for a retirement date after January 1, 2015, you may wish to run new estimates to see the adjusted amounts.
The December 31, 2013 TMRS Actuarial Valuation, containing city contribution rates for the year beginning January 1, 2015, is available here.
Earlier this week, TMRS mailed an important letter to all city finance personnel, city managers, and city correspondents containing essential information about the forthcoming GASB disclosure requirements, specifically the “User Entity Controls” that are the responsibility of the city and its external auditor. The “Eye on GASB” page has been updated with a copy of the User Entity Controls letter and a link to GASB's Pension Implementation Toolkit.