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COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT (COLA)

On April 1st of each year, all retirement allowances are adjusted in accordance with changes in the annual average cost of living based upon the Bureau of Labor Statistics Average Consumer Price Index (CPI) for All Urban consumers for the Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County area as of the preceding January 1.

Plan COLA Maximum COLA “Bank”

General Plan 5

3%

Any change in the CPI in excess of 3% is accumulated (in your “COLA bank”) and applied in a future year when the CPI change is less than 3%.

General Plan 7

2%

Any change in the CPI in excess of 2% is accumulated (in the “COLA bank”) and applied in a future year when the CPI change is less than 2%.

General Plan 8

2%

Any change in the CPI in excess of 2% is accumulated (in the “COLA bank”) and applied in a future year when the CPI change is less than 2%.

Safety Plans 4 & 6

3%

Any change in the CPI in excess of 3% is accumulated (in the “COLA bank”) and applied in a future year when the CPI change is less than 3%.

Safety Plan 8

3%

Any change in the CPI in excess of 3% is accumulated (in the “COLA bank”) and applied in a future year when the CPI change is less than 3%.

APCD Plans 1 & 2

3%

Any change in the CPI in excess of 3% is accumulated (in the “COLA bank”) and applied in a future year when the CPI change is less than 3%.

General Plan 2 members and beneficiaries do not receive a cost of living adjustment.

2022 Retiree COLA was approved at the February Board of Retirement meeting.

At the February 2023 Board of Retirement meeting, the Board approved a 3% COLA rate and with 4.5% and 5.5% COLA bank increases, depending on the plan.

DIRECT DEPOSIT & BENEFIT PAY DAYS

Retirement allowances are deposited directly into a bank, savings and loan, or credit union. The Retirement Office must have the full name and current mailing address of the financial institution, signed authorization and acceptable support documentation from any account to which the payment is to be deposited.

Need to change your direct deposit information? Fill out the Direct Deposit Authorization Form. If you are an SBFCU member, please submit the Direct Deposit Authorization for Santa Barbara County Federal Credit Union Accounts.
2023 BENEFIT PAY DAYS

Check Mailed

Direct Deposit

12/31/2022

1/3/2023

1/31/2023

2/1/2023

2/28/2023

3/1/2023

3/31/2023

3/31/2023

4/29/2023

5/1/2023

5/31/2023

6/1/2023

6/30/2023

6/30/2023

7/31/2023

8/1/2023

8/31/2023

9/1/2023

9/30/2023

9/29/2023

10/31/2023

11/1/2023

11/30/2023

12/1/2023

12/30/2023

1/2/2024

2024 BENEFIT PAY DAYS

Check Mailed

Direct Deposit

1/31/2024

2/1/2024

2/29/2024

3/1/2024

3/30/2024

4/1/2024

4/30/2024

5/1/2024

5/31/2024

5/31/2024

6/29/2024

7/1/2024

7/31/2024

8/1/2024

8/31/2024

8/30/2024

9/30/2024

10/1/2024

10/31/2024

 11/1/2024

11/30/2024

11/29/2024

12/31/2024

1/2/2025

INCOME TAX STATUS

Your retirement benefits may be subject to federal and state income tax. See your tax advisor or the appropriate taxing agency for information about the tax status of your retirement allowance.

Each year before January 31 you will receive a Form 1099-R from the Retirement Office to assist you in filing your taxes. Receipt of a lump-sum refund of interest and untaxed contributions could carry significant tax penalties — check with a tax adviser before selecting an option that includes a cash refund.

SOCIAL SECURITY

Contributions to and benefits from Social Security Administration (SSA) are, in most cases, in addition to those under the retirement plan. Only General Plan 2 has an allowance that is reduced by SSA benefits. If you are a member of Plan 5A, 5B or 5C, your SSA benefits may be subject to a reduction for the Government Pension Offset or Windfall Elimination Provision for periods of County service during which you did not contribute to SSA (such as extra-help employment). Members should check with the Social Security Administration to determine if SSA benefits will be affected by their allowance.

For questions related to Social Security and Medicare, please watch this presentation created by the Social Security Administration.

RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF SANTA BARBARA COUNTY (RESBC)

RESBC is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of county retirees by providing information on critical retirement issues and offering educational/cultural social opportunities. Membership in RESBC is $2.50 monthly. Dues are deducted from the member’s Santa Barbara County pension payment. County employees may join RESBC by completing the RESBC Membership Deduction Authorization form at the time of their retirement exit conference.

  • 4 issues of the RESBC newsletter per year.
  • 4 subsidized luncheon meetings per year held at various county locations.
  • Opportunities to participate in subsidized day trips and special events.
  • Attendance at special presentations on critical issues such as health insurance, pension litigation, pension-related court decisions, etc.
  • Opportunity to socialize and have fun with former co-workers and friends.
Retirees may join at any time by submitting a Membership Form to [email protected].