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Alpena Public Schools: Over 600 employees owed $1.2M

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on January 12, 2018 – 12:56 amNo Comment

Over 600 employees of Alpena Public Schools who were enrolled in a school retirement system between July 2010 and September 2012 are owed a combined refund of approximately $1.2 million.

The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled that PA 75 of 2010, which mandated that members contribute 3 percent of their compensation to the Retiree Healthcare Fund, is unconstitutional and that member contributions shall be refunded to members.

Many of the refunds will be in the thousands of dollars.

APS and other school districts across Michigan now have the daunting task of processing the refunds. APS has already identified at least 5 former employees who are owed refunds but are now deceased.  There are other unanswered questions about potential tax complications, former employees who have moved, retired or can’t be found and much more.

APS Assistant Superintendent of Operations, Diane Block, says the school district wants to return the money as soon as possible, but also wants to make sure no mistakes are made when issuing refunds.

Block does not yet have a timeline on when refunds will be issued.  There is a message for current and former employees on the district’s website.

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