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PERSI - Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho

Because the PERSI Base Plan is a defined benefit plan, the lifetime allowance you receive at retirement from this plan is not dependent on the amount of money you contribute to PERSI. The Base Plan is a qualified tax-deferred plan under IRS Code Section 401(a).

PERSI is designed to provide pension benefits to career public employees. The longer you work for PERSI employers, the greater your retirement benefit will be. And although you may not plan on being a public employee your whole career, if you belong to PERSI as little as five (5) years you will receive a lifetime benefit at retirement. And that five years need not be all at once or with one employer. Over 700 different employers across the state belong to PERSI.

The City and employee contribute according to State law at the rate outlined below (effective 7/1/13):


Employer Contribution
(of gross salary)

Employee Contribution
(of gross salary)

General Members



Sworn Police Officers 



Fire Members 



This retirement system is a tax-deferred program. Vesting is accomplished after five years of service for a regular retirement benefit and five years for a disability retirement. Employees may make voluntary tax deferred contributions to a 401(k) PERSI Choice Account, up to $17,000 annually ($22,000 if you are over 50).  After 12 months of service, an active PERSI member is also eligible to receive gain sharing, when funding is adequate, in the form of a contribution to their 401(k) Account. 


PERSI Member Booklet

Base Plan Account Withdrawal
Beneficiary Designation
PERSI Choice Deferral
Certification of Police Officer Status
Certification of Firefighter Status
Retirement Application

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