151.20  CITY PICKUP OF EMPLOYEE CONTRIBUTIONS TO OHIO PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEMS.
   (a)   For the categories of City employees listed in Subsection (d) hereof, the contributions required to be made by each such employee to the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS), the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund (OPFPF), as an employee contribution under the Ohio R.C. Chapters 145 and 741 shall be paid by the City on behalf of the employee in lieu of contribution by the employee and in accordance with the provisions of this section.
   (b)   The total compensation payable by the City to each such employee in any pay period shall be reduced by the amount payable by the City to OPERS OR OPFPF on behalf of each such employee under Subsection (a) hereof.
   (c)   The provisions of this section shall apply to all employees in categories listed in Subsection (d) hereof and no such employee shall have the option to receive direct payment of the amounts contributed by the City to OPERS OR OPFPF on his or her behalf instead of having them contributed to OPERS OR OPFPF.
   
   (d)   The provisions of this section shall apply to all full-time and part-time employees of the City who choose to participate in the program and are members of the following departments:
      (1)   Police Department;
      (2)   Fire Department;
      (3)   Service Department; or
      (4)   City Hall (administrative and legislative) departments.
   (e)   The Finance Director or his designee is hereby directed to take all acts necessary and appropriate to initiate implementation of the provisions of this section, including, but not limited to, making applications to the Internal Revenue Service for private letter rulings concerning federal tax treatment of the provisions of this plan and making applications to the appropriate state retirement boards.
   (f)   Subject to any requirements imposed by the Internal Revenue Service, the Ohio PERS Board, Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund, the provisions of this section shall apply to all payroll payments payable by the City to such employees after proper and full approval has been procured from the Internal Revenue Service, the Ohio PERS Board and the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund.
(Ord. 20-2021.  Passed 6-22-21.)