ORS 238.360¹
Cost-of-living adjustments

(1) As soon as practicable after January 1 each year, the Public Employees Retirement Board shall determine the percentage increase or decrease in the cost-of-living for the previous calendar year, based on the Consumer Price Index (Portland area-all items) as published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor for the Portland, Oregon, area. Prior to July 1 each year the allowance which the member or the member’s beneficiary is receiving or is entitled to receive on August 1 for the month of July shall be multiplied by the percentage figure determined, and the allowance for the next 12 months beginning July 1 adjusted to the resultant amount.

(2) Such increase or decrease shall not exceed two percent of any monthly retirement allowance in any year and no allowance shall be adjusted to an amount less than the amount to which the recipient would be entitled if no cost-of-living adjustment were authorized.

(3) The amount of any cost-of-living increase or decrease in any year in excess of the maximum annual retirement allowance adjustment of two percent shall be accumulated from year to year and included in the computation of increases or decreases in succeeding years.

(4) Any increase in the allowance shall be paid from contributions of the public employer under ORS 238.225 (Employer contributions). Any decrease in the allowance shall be returned to the employer in the form of a credit against contributions of the employer under ORS 238.225 (Employer contributions). [Formerly 237.060; 2001 c.945 §79]

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Applica­tion of 1971 amend­ments to benefits under this chapter to retired teachers, (1972) Vol 35, p 1243

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 238—Public Employees Retirement System, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors238.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 238, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­238ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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