City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

Title 03
Chapter 03.05
Section 03.05.190

Title 03 Administration and Personnel

Chapter 03.05 Spokane Employees' Retirement System

Section 03.05.190 Allowance on Disability Retirement
  1. Upon retirement for disability (disability retirement) as hereinabove provided, so long as the disability is not due to substance abuse, willful misconduct, or violation of law (of which the board shall be the judge), a member shall receive a disability retirement allowance consisting of:

    1. an annuity which shall be the actuarial equivalent of the member’s accumulated contributions at the time of retirement; and

    2. a pension purchased by the contributions of the City which, together with the annuity provided by the member’s accumulated contributions, shall make the disability retirement allowance, equal to one and one-fourth percent (1.25%) of the member’s final compensation (defined as appropriate based on the member’s eligibility as described in SMC 3.05.025, multiplied by the number of years of service which would be creditable to the member were the member’s services to continue until the member had attained normal retirement age (i.e. age 62 for members described in SMC 3.05.025(A)and (B), and age 65 for members described in SMC 3.05.025(C) and (D)); provided, however, the minimum disability retirement allowance shall be two thousand four hundred dollars ($2,400) per year for duty-related causes, and one thousand two hundred dollars ($1,200) per year for non-duty-related causes. 

  2. If disability is due to substance abuse, willful misconduct or violation of law on the part of the member, the board in its discretion may pay to said member in one lump sum the member’s accumulated contributions in lieu of a retirement allowance, and such payment shall constitute full satisfaction of all obligations of the City to such member and, upon receipt of such payment, membership in the retirement system shall cease. 

  3. Upon the death of a member while in receipt of a disability retirement allowance, the member’s accumulated contributions, as they were at the date of retirement, less any annuity payments, shall be paid to the member’s estate, or to such persons as the member shall have nominated by written designation duly executed and filed with the retirement system.

Date Passed: Monday, January 8, 2018

Effective Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018

ORD C35574 Section 17