November 19th 2017

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LEOFF I law clearly states our pension is a ‘Defined Benefit'

Retirement Benefit Cost-of-Living Adjustments
Consumer Price Indexes

Retirement benefit cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) are determined by the consumer price indexes calculated and maintained by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measure of the changes in prices of all goods and services purchased for consumption by urban households. We update this page in early March of each year.

Separate indexes are produced for regional urban areas and the nation as a whole. Indexes are further specified "all urban consumers" (CPI-U), and "urban wage-earners and clerical workers" (CPI-W). The indexes below are used to determine annual benefit increases for Plan 2 and 3, the Washington State Patrol, and a handful of Plan 1 retirees who selected a benefit payment option that provides a Plan 2-style COLA.

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Annual Inflation
Index Change
Percentage
Change
Year
Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton CPI-W
U.S. City CPI-W
Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton CPI-W
U.S. City CPI-W
2014
719.942
693.353
1.93%
1.50%
2013
706.291
683.087
1.22%
1.37%
2012
697.784
673.868
2.54%
2.10%
2011
680.504
660.005
3.17%
3.56%
2010
659.589
637.342
0.78%
2.07%
2009
654.472
624.423
0.44%
-0.67%
2008
651.608
628.661
4.48%
4.09%
2007
623.650
603.982
3.79%
2.86%
2006
600.9
587.2
3.73%
3.22%
2005
579.3
568.9
3.02%
3.53%
2004
562.3
549.5
1.57%
2.60%
2003
553.6
535.6
1.41%
2.23%
2002
545.9
523.9
1.81%
1.37%
2001
536.2
516.8
3.55%
2.72%
2000
517.8
503.1
3.75%
3.48%
1999
499.1
486.2
3.10%
2.23%
1998
484.1
475.6
2.63%
1.34%
1997
471.7
469.3
3.10%
2.22%
1996
457.5
459.1
3.30%
2.91%
1995
442.9
446.1
2.90%
2.84%
1994
430.4
433.8
3.66%
2.53%
1993
415.2
423.1
2.98%
2.82%
1992
403.2
411.5
3.54%
2.90%
1991
389.4
399.9
5.53%
4.03%
1990
369.0
384.4
7.11%
5.26%
1989
344.5
365.2
4.68%
4.82%
1988
329.1
348.4
3.30%
4.00%
1987
318.6
335.0
2.35%
3.59%
1986
311.3
323.4
0.71%
1.54%
1985
309.1
318.5
2.08%
3.54%
1967
100.0
100.0
2.99%
2.88%

Plan 1 Details & Downloads

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Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' Plan 1 Hand Book — April 2011

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Medical Benefits Study

LEOFF I Medical Benefits Education Book - June 1, 2009