News ReleaseCity of Irvine
Public Information Office

1 Civic Center Plaza
Irvine, CA 92606


Subject :

Irvine City Council Decides on Unfunded Liability
Vote approves plan to pay off nearly entire debt within 10 to 12 years
Contact :Craig Reem    949-724-6077

IRVINE, CA (June 25, 2013): The Irvine City Council set a historic precedent tonight, voting on a plan to pay off nearly its entire unfunded liability a decade earlier than planned, which will save the City between $22.1 million and $33.1 million because of the early payoff.

Through a mix of short-term borrowing from a special existing fund called the Asset Management Plan (AMP), and taking an average of $1 million a year for 13 years from the City’s budget carryover funds (the year-end surplus), with an initial $3 million payout, the retirement plans could be 98 percent funded.

A city’s unfunded liability is the difference between pension obligations and the resources set aside to fund them. In Irvine, that amount is $91.1 million.

According to projections, the AMP would be paid back in full by 2025.

The City Council also approved a scenario to prepare an annual report for the City Council to check assumptions and to adjust as it deems appropriate.

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