Planning Your Service Retirement
When you apply for retirement, you will be required to select a beneficiary and a benefit option that you feel best meets the needs of you and your beneficiary. This beneficiary will supersede any previous beneficiary designation. The option selected will determine the death benefits you will provide to your beneficiary after your death and your benefit amount in retirement. Some of the options reduce your monthly benefit in order to provide a lifetime monthly continuance for your beneficiary. Your options include:
As a member of SBCERA, you must reach two important milestones, becoming vested and becoming eligible to retire, to earn and receive your monthly lifetime retirement benefit.
Milestone #1 – VESTING
Vesting is the first major milestone of your SBCERA membership. Once you achieve this milestone, you become vested in the plan and qualify for a lifetime retirement benefit.
While you cannot transfer (“roll over”) contributions earned in a public retirement system to and/or from another retirement system, you may be eligible to establish reciprocity with the new system. Reciprocity allows you to link public retirement systems to preserve and enhance your total retirement benefits. Essentially, it gives you portability by allowing you to leave your retirement contributions on deposit, regardless of your length of service, and to take a deferred retirement.