2018 - LAGERS Director Looks Back

Wow. I cannot believe how fast time truly does pass. We’ve turned the page on 2018, putting yet another year in the books. Seems just like yesterday that the leadership team here at LAGERS was huddled around sharing ideas of goals and objectives and setting our action plan for 2018. And in what seems a blink of an eye, the year has passed and we’ve already begun setting new goals and projects for 2019. We are a task oriented group here at LAGERS driven by pushing ourselves to do more, do it right and serve our members the absolute best we can. So how’d we do, and what did we accomplish? Here is a quick view of 2018:

Tagged Local Plans, soil and water, 2018 Session, LAGERS performance

Letter from a LAGERS Member

We love to hear from our members. Recently we received a lovely letter from Diane McKiddy, a retiree from Chiliicothe Municipal Utilities, where she worked for over 47 years!

Tagged Local Government, Retirement Security, Retirement Benefits, local government hero award, Retirement, Retire

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day!

As you may know, LAGERS provides financial security to a wide variety of public servants across Missouri. We cover librarians, health care workers, pothole crews, police officers, zoo keepers, fire fighters, paramedics and many more. But, since tomorrow is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, I would like to focus on just police officers for today.

Top LAGERS Blogs of 2018

Time to look back and see what was popular on the blog with our readers. There's a lot of good information in these posts for you about retirement and your LAGERS benefit - that's why they're so popular! Read on for the top 5 LAGERS blogs of 2018.

Tagged taxes, COLA, Retirement Process, early retirement

From Our Members: What happens to my benefit if I change jobs?

A member recently emailed the following: I am currently a vested member and am possibly getting ready to change jobs to an employer that does not have Lagers.  I want to keep my Lagers because I am a vested member, how do I do that?  

Tagged vesting, Retirement Benefits, quitting; leaving; terminating; employment

We’re Not Producing Widgets: Why We Need Great People in Government Jobs

 

We all want to live in communities that are safe, stable and vibrant. This means we need to create towns with solid infrastructure, strong police protection, responsive fire and EMS services, great schools, good parks, and successful businesses. But the essential ingredient to produce great communities is so often overlooked. People make it happen!

Tagged Public service, Baby Boomers, Recruiting, pensions

Don't Forget About the Presents for Your Future Self

During this holiday season, it seems like I'm always thinking about giving to my kids, spouse, parents and other loved ones. Of course, there's nothing wrong with that because that one of the best parts about this time of year. But, when's the last time you thought about giving your self a present?

Only You Know Which Payout Option is Right for You.

When I'm out doing LAGERS Pre-Retirement Seminars and we get to the payout options section, I will inevitably always get the question "Can you help me figure out which payout option I should choose?" from a member of the audience.

Tagged Payout Options, Retirement Process, beneficary, beneficiary; beneficiaries, Retirement Options, Option A, Option B, Partial Lump Sum, PLUS

Back By popular Demand - Let’s talk taxes…

This post, originally published in 2016, still has some great information in it about taxes.

As if winter isn’t dreadful enough for those of us warm-weather lovers, at this time of year another certain unsavory topic is likely to preoccupy our thoughts—taxes. You know, that necessary evil that everyone wishes wasn’t so painful? Since it’s on all our minds though, we thought we’d talk about a few of the common tax issues that come up regarding your LAGERS benefits.

Tagged 1099, disability, Employers, exemption, Members, Retirees, taxes

Announcing: LAGERS Local Government Hero Award

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