County Employee Retirement System http://wfpl.org en Kentucky City Sues State Pension System Over Risky Investments http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-city-sues-state-pension-system-over-risky-investments <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Kentucky city is suing the state's public pension system over its investment of county employees' retirement money into "risky" hedge funds.&nbsp;</span><p></p><p></p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>An attorney for <a href="http://www.fortwright.com/">Ft. Wright</a>, a northern Kentucky city of 5,700, filed a class-action lawsuit Monday alleging that <a href="https://kyret.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx">Kentucky Retirement Systems</a> improperly used money from one of its subsidiary funds to make investments that were illegal under state law.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 22:23:45 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9482 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky City Sues State Pension System Over Risky Investments Louisville Councilman Jerry Miller Urging City to Leave Kentucky Retirement System http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-councilman-jerry-miller-urging-city-leave-kentucky-retirement-system <p>Saying it could save the city millions, Republican Louisville Metro Councilman Jerry Miller is filing a <a href="https://docs.google.com/a/louisvillepublicmedia.org/viewer?a=v&amp;pid=gmail&amp;attid=0.1&amp;thid=141e07b48b653322&amp;mt=application/pdf&amp;url=https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui%3D2%26ik%3Dd7186f6487%26view%3Datt%26th%3D141e07b48b653322%26attid%3D0.1%26disp%3Dsafe%26zw&amp;sig=AHIEtbTERe3S8M9rkXQl2d1kAKUkr0ZXaQ">resolution that seeks to remove the city from the Kentucky retirement system</a>.</p><p>The non-binding measure will be considered later this week and requests the General Assembly revise state law to separate the County Employee Retirement System account from the overall state pension pool.</p><p>It also asks state lawmakers to give CERS an independent board from the Kentucky Employee Retirement System, which has been under a myriad of <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/retirement-official-says-pensions-systems-havent-used-controversial-placement-agents-recently">criticism for its management</a> and <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/pensioners-concerned-retirement-systems-woes">financial woes</a> over the past few years.</p><p>"Our costs continue to skyrocket in part because (the state system) is making decisions based on the KERS plan covering state employees, which is the second worst funded in the nation," says Miller.</p><p>The city's retirement costs have increased significantly over the past decade.</p><p>In 2004, pensions accounted for just over five percent of the city budget. Now about 15 percent of the Metro Government general fund is spent on retirement payments for public employees. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 23:57:04 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 7297 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Councilman Jerry Miller Urging City to Leave Kentucky Retirement System