This post was originally posted in August of 2017, and has been updated to reflect this year's COLA numbers.
This year LAGERS retirees will receive a COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) of around 2.87%. This increase will be reflected on October 1st and it means much more than just a slight increase to your monthly benefit. It shows the strength and overall financial security of your LAGERS pension system.
LAGERS retirees contribute to the economies of cities and counties all across our great state. Just take a look at this snapshot of the economic impact created by the retirees of Northwest Missouri. In 2017, over $15 million was paid to our retirees, who then in turn spent money in our communities with their LAGERS benefits.
It's almost Valentine's Day, and we thought it would be fitting to re-post one of our favorite blogs from 2015 by Elizabeth Althoff, "5 Reasons to Love Your LAGERS Benefit." There are so many reasons to love a secure retirement, and LAGERS checks all the boxes. So while you're thinking of candy and flowers and heaarts, now that LAGERS is thinking about your financial future.
"Your first year in retirement is a little like starting a new job, only without all the work. But still, it involves establishing a routine, figuring out when your money will come in, building new relationships, and feeling excited about the future. Starting a new job means dealing with a lot of unknowns, and beginning a new chapter in life as big as retirement is no different. Here is what you can expect from LAGERS during your first year."
Did you know that every person living in Missouri benefits from the LAGERS system? How can that be, you might ask? While not every Missourian is actually drawing a benefit from LAGERS, the economic benefits produced by retirees spending their benefits, ripple throughout Missouri’s economy. This retiree spending produces major economic impact that affects each and every person living in our great state!