More than half of the employees work in the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s office while the remainder are spread across the offices of auditor, public defender, Board of Elections, engineer, county clerk of courts and the county’s municipal courts.
The county is asking the Supreme Court of Ohio to compel the OPERS to designate all compensation as earnable salary to the OPERS fund when calculating pension contributions.
Karl A. Kuszaj, an OPERS finance and compliance supervisor, disputed many of the county’s assertions — some based on incomplete documentation provided by the county — in a June 2017 letter to Heck.
For up to a dozen years, according to the filing, county employees have received a portion of their compensation in a lump sum payment near the end of the year dependent upon the county office’s budget savings throughout the year. The payments are based on merit or longevity of service, according to the county.
The payments in question were made to the employees in December 2016 and December 2017 and ranged from $250 to $20,375.
County public employees are required to enroll in the OPERS system, therefore do not participate in Social Security.