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Retirement-Related Benefits
Retirement Programs
  • Kern County Employees' Retirement Association (KCERA)
    This Section 401(a) defined benefit retirement plan requires employer and employee contributions and pays retired employees a pension based on salary, years of service, and age upon retirement.
  • Deferred Compensation
    This Section 457 plan (administered by Great-West Life) allows employees to contribute on a pre-tax basis to an supplemental retirement account which is then paid out to them when they retire. Some employees may be eligible for a County-matched contribution. Normal contributions are limited to $16,500 per year (in 2010).
  • Social Security Administration
    Note: Both the County and the employee contribute to Social Security and Medicare as follows:
    • The County of Kern withholds 6.2% for Social Security (FICA1) and 1.45% for Medicare (FICA2) from employee's payroll warrants
    • The County matches the employee's 6.2% for Social Security and 1.45% for Medicare
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Retiree Health Benefits Plans
  • Medical Plans and Costs
    Health coverage may be purchased by retirees. Cost is based upon the plan selected and how many persons are covered.
  • County Contributions
    The County has two programs in place to help defray the costs of retiree health coverage, a small monthly stipend and a County supplement that is available to participating eligible employees with 20 or more years of qualified service retiring between ages 50 and 64.
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