During 2011, city management began taking steps to address the growing unfunded liability in the city’s pension fund. This included creating a distinction between two different tiers of pension benefits – tiers that are now known as “Blue Service” and “Orange Service”.
Orange Service applies to all new employees hired after the following dates:
- General Employees (Group II) hired on or after July 1, 2011.
- Police Officers (Group IV) hired on or after Jan. 1, 2013.
- Firefighters (Group VI) hired on or after Jan. 10, 2015.
Orange Service also applies to members hired before the dates listed above, who have Blue Service for all service credit accrued after the following dates:
- General Employees: Oct. 1, 2013
- Police: Oct. 1, 2013
- Fire: Jan. 10, 2015
Orange Service Formula: 2.5% x Years of Service x High Five Years’ Salary (does not include overtime)
All employees who joined the City of Fort Worth on or after the dates listed above only have Orange Service. All employees who have been with the City of Fort Worth before these dates, and who continue to work for the city at this time, have a combination of Blue Service and Orange Service.