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Jogging Together

Retirement Savings

Whether just starting your career or approaching retirement, it is always a good time to save for your future. The Chelan County PUD retirement plan provides two excellent ways to save for retirement: the Chelan County Retirement Plan and the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS).

About the Retirement Savings Plans

Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) - This plan, through the State of Washington Department of Retirement Systems (DRS), pays a monthly income at retirement. You are required to contribute to the plan. Contribution levels are set by the DRS and are deducted from your pay.
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The Chelan County PUD 457 plan and 401(a) - matching plan offer an easy and conve­nient way to put money aside for retirement. This plan gives you way to reduce your cur­rent income taxes with voluntary pre-tax contributions and a wide choice of investment options.


If you enroll in the 457 plan, you must also enroll in a 401(a) plan. The 457 is where your contributions go and the 401(a) is where matching contributions from the County go.
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The 457/401(a) matching Plans include three types of contributions:

  1. Your before-tax contributions – You can contribute from 1% to the IRS-set annual maximum:

    • Under age 50: $20,500 (2022)

    • Ages 50+: $27,000 (2022)

  2. District matching contributions

  3. Rollover contributions.


Here are some key features of the plan:

  • Contributions are taken from your pay before federal income taxes are withheld, allowing you to defer paying taxes on these contributions while investing in your future

  • District 401(a) plan contributions match your before-tax contributions at $0.50 for each $1.00 you contribute, up to 5 percent of eligible pay

  • District contributions are fully vested immediately.

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