Enrollment

Enrollment meetings will be held throughout the City on an ongoing basis. These meetings will provide information about the benefits of participation in the Plan, the features of the Plan, investment options and Voya services. You will also be able to complete enrollment materials. Local representatives are also available for one-on-one meetings if you have specific questions that you would like answered in a more comfortable setting.

Who Should Join the 457 Plan?

The 457 Plan is designed to supplement retirement income. It is not an ordinary savings account that allows withdrawals at any time. Once you join the Plan, there are restrictions on when you can withdraw your account balance. Therefore, before deciding whether to join the Plan, you should answer the following questions.

  • Do I have adequate savings for emergencies?
  • Do I have adequate savings for other financial goals (e.g., purchase of a home, children’s college expenses)?
  • Am I current with my bills and credit cards?
  • Can I afford to reduce my take home pay?
  • Would I like to pay less income tax in the current year?
  • Do I want to increase my retirement income?

If you can answer “yes” to all of these questions, you should think about joining the 457 Plan. However, if your financial situation is such that you should not join at this time, you may always join in the future when your financial situation improves.

Am I eligible to participate in the 457 Plan? The 457 Plan is a voluntary plan available to all full-time and part-time employees who are eligible for benefits offered by the City, and elected officials of the City. Independent contractors and leased employees are not eligible.

Any eligible employee may elect to participate in the 457 Plan by completing a Participation Agreement and electing to defer an amount or percentage of future compensation. Employees are eligible to enroll on the first day of the month following the month in which they complete 30 days in a paid status. You must elect to defer a minimum amount of $10 per pay day.

Please note that based on the terms of the 457 Plan, compensation will be deferred for any calendar month only if a Participation Agreement providing for such deferral has been entered into by the 15th of the preceding month.

How do I Enroll in the 457 Plan?

You enroll by meeting with a local representative, and completing four forms:

  1. a Participation Agreement that specifies the amount that you want to defer to the Plan each pay period;
  2. a Beneficiary Form on which you designate the beneficiary(ies) who is to receive benefit payments upon your death;
  3. an Acknowledgment Form; and
  4. an Enrollment Form that specifies your investment choices with Voya®.

The completed forms must be returned to Voya’s Portland Office. You can choose to complete these forms on your own or meet with a local representative who can assist you in the enrollment process. The completed forms will be processed by the Portland Office and sent to the City.

If you are enrolling with ADVANTIS Credit Union, in addition to completing the first three forms listed above and returning them to Voya’s Portland Office, you will need to establish a deferred compensation account with ADVANTIS. Please contact the City for the paperwork required to establish a deferred compensation account.

You may also enroll through the City’s Employee Self Service (ESS) tool which is located on the City’s website at portlandoregon.gov/myinfo.  From a City Computer, you can log into SAP and select the “Deferred Compensation” tab.  Employees are able to both enroll in the Plan and change their contribution amounts.  A step-by-step SAP instruction sheet as well as a short instructional video are available from the City to assist you with using this new tool.

Voya and Advantis Credit Union are not affiliated companies. Any securities or insurance products offered to you by Voya are: 1) Not a Deposit; 2) Not FDIC/NCUSIF insured; 3) Not insured by any federal government agency; 4) Not guaranteed by the bank/credit union; and 5) May involve investment risk and may go down in value.

Please contact our local office in Portland at (503) 937-0378 or toll-free at (800) 238-6281 for additional information or to complete the enrollment process.

The information below displays the investment options available under the Plan. You can choose from a menu of investment options that cover the risk/reward spectrum allowing you to select from conservative choices, moderate growth and income funds, or aggressive growth opportunities in both U.S. and international markets. International investing involves special risks such as currency fluctuation, lower liquidity, political and economic uncertainties, and differences in accounting standards.

For each investment option, click on the fund name to open a fund fact sheet that provides important information about the investment option, including fund expenses. Each investment option has a numeric fund code you will need when making investment changes on-line or via telephone.

You should consider the investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses of the mutual funds offered through a retirement plan, carefully before investing. The fund prospectuses and information booklet containing this and other information can be obtained by contacting your local representative. Please read the information carefully before investing.

While reviewing the fund fact sheets below, please also review the Disclosure Glossary document that provides information on types of investment risks, investment types and a glossary of terms and statistics. The document also provides instructions about how to obtain any underlying fund prospectus.

Mutual funds under a custodial or trust account agreement are intended as long-term investments designed for retirement purposes. Account values fluctuate with market conditions, and when surrendered, the principal may be worth more or less than the original amount invested. A group fixed annuity is an insurance contract designed for investing for retirement purposes. The guarantee of the fixed account is based on the claims-paying ability of the issuing insurance company. Although it is possible to have guaranteed income for life with a fixed annuity, there is no assurance that this income will keep up with inflation. Money taken from the plan will be taxed as ordinary income in the year the money is distributed. An annuity does not provide any additional tax benefit, as tax deferral is provided by the Plan. Annuities may be subject to additional fees and expenses, to which other tax-deferred funding vehicles may not be subject. However, an annuity does offer other features and benefits, such as lifetime income payments and death benefits, which may be valuable to you.

Not FDIC/NCUA/NCUSIF Insured | Not a Deposit of a Bank/Credit Union | May Lose Value | Not Bank/Credit Union Guaranteed | Not Insured by Any Federal Government Agency

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