Effective July 1, 2015 the Town contributes 50% towards the cost of health insurance for retirees an surviving spouses. Retiree Health benefits are managed through the HR Department.
Plans for eligible retirees under the the age of 65:
- HMO Blue Select Network Benchmark
- HMO Blue New England Benchmark
- Blue Care Elect Preferred (PPO) Benchmark
- Dental Blue Freedom
Plans for eligible retirees age 65 or over:
Out of Pocket Copayment Reimbursement Agreement and Form.
We are pleased to announce that at our meeting in April 2023, the board voted unanimously to approve a 3% Cost of Living Increase effective July 1, 2023 and payable July 31, 2023. This Cola is capped on the first $14,000 of your retirement allowance.
You must have retired on or before June 30th, 2022 in order to be eligible to receive this COLA.
The maximum cola you can collect is $35 per month.
Direct Deposit Dates: Direct Deposit of your monthly benefit occurs on the last business day of the month.
- May: Wednesday, May 31
- June: Friday, June 30
- July: Monday, July 31
- August: Thursday, August 31
- September: Friday, September 29
- October: Tuesday, October 31
- November: Thursday, November 30
- December: Friday, December 29
Social Security and the Windfall Elimination Provision
Benefits received from Social Security may be offset by any pensions you receive from the Town of Southbridge. The amount of offset is determined by Social Security. While you do not need to report Social Security benefits to us, you do need to report benefits received from us to Social Security. If you are subject to offset by Social Security, you must also report changes in benefits (i.e. COLA increases) to Social Security. Contact your local Social Security Office with questions regarding the offset. Information may be available at the Social Security Administration website under Windfall Elimination Provision.
Retiree Employment Restrictions
As a Massachusetts Public Employment Retiree, there are restrictions on post-retirement employment for any and all Massachusetts Public Employers (including all cities, towns, public schools, fire/water or health districts, housing authorities, state agencies, state colleges and universities). Restrictions also apply to federal grant-funded positions with a Massachusetts Public Employer.
Public sector employment for retirees is limited to both aggregate hours and earnings per calendar year. Hours of compensated work are limited to an aggregate of 1,200 hours per calendar year. Earnings are limited to the difference between your retirement allowance and the compensation paid for the position you retired from. For example, if the position you retired from currently pays $30,000 and your retirement allowance is $20,000, you are limited to the difference - $10,000 of earnings from public sector employment in a calendar year. Once you are retired for a full year, the following calendar year you can earn from the above calculation plus add an additional $15,000 per calendar year to the amount you are allowed to earn (part of pension reform). The rationale is that as a public sector retiree, you cannot be compensated (from public funds) more than you would have received had you continued working in the position from which you retired. You, the retiree, are responsible for monitoring your aggregate hours and compensation from all public sector employment. You must cease all public employment when either limit is reached. If you exceed either limitation, you will be subject to reimbursement of all compensation in excess of limits or you must waive receipt of your retirement allowance for the period of re-employment with any public sector employer(s).
For regular "Superannuation" retirees (i.e. regular age/service-based retirements) post-retirement employment in the private sector is not subject to restrictions.
1099-R Tax Forms
Please note: 2022 1099-R forms were mailed out at the beginning of January, If you have not received your form 1099-R, please call the office for a replacement at 508-765-4903.
Retiree 1099-R's: Please note if you turned age 59 1/2 during the past year:
Due to the IRS Private Letter Ruling and Determination Letter, superannuation (non-disability) retirees who turned 59 1/2 during a calendar year will receive 2 forms 1099-R for that calendar year. One will be created with a distribution code 2 (under age 59 1/2) one with a distribution code 7 (over age 59 1/2). All subsequent years your 1099R will show a distribution code 7.