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Reminder: Annual Increase to be Paid in July

July 14, 2021

The next Annual Increase (AI) will be paid in July 2021 and will be 1.25% for most eligible benefit recipients. 

If you began Colorado PERA membership in the PERA benefit structure on or after January 1, 2007, and you are eligible for an AI in 2021, your AI will be 1.2% (the lesser of 1.25% or the average of the monthly CPI-W* for the previous calendar year). 

Keep in mind that you may have to meet certain eligibility requirements before receiving your first AI. Eligibility for the AI and the amount of the AI depends on the following:

  • Your benefit structure (PERA or DPS)
  • Your membership start date
  • Whether or not you received an AI prior to May 1, 2018
  • The type of benefit you are receiving—full service retirement, reduced service retirement, disability retirement, or survivor benefit (the AI for a cobeneficiary who becomes a benefit recipient following the death of the retiree is based on the original retiree’s benefit type, retirement date, and age)
  • Your effective date of retirement
  • For reduced service retirement, if you were eligible to retire on January 1, 2011

All AIs are paid in July and subject to change with the automatic adjustment provision. See the Annual Increases fact sheet for more information.

* The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is published by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics as a measure of the average change over time in the prices paid for consumer goods and services. The CPI-W stands for the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers and is a subset of the CPI.