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MMRMA Announces $1.5 Million Distribution from State Pool Loss Fund

Posted: Tuesday, February 20, 2018

MMRMA Announces $1.5 million Distribution from the State Pool Retention Fund

Based on the recommendation of the State Pool Committee, the Board declared a special distribution of $1.5 million to current renewing State Pool Members at its February meeting.  Current renewing State Pool Members will also receive a share of the $29 million General Fund distribution that was declared at the Board’s January meeting.

The State Pool distribution is based on a recent analysis of the State Pool Retention Fund conducted by MMRMA’s consulting actuaries.  The analysis concluded that the State Pool Retention Fund is in excellent financial condition.  This distribution represents excess assets in the State Pool Retention Fund identified by employing the same method used to determine the General Fund excess net asset distribution.

The State Pool is a group of smaller MMRMA members.  Each State Pool Member self-insures the first $50,000 of each casualty loss, including legal expenses.  Members of the State Pool deposit funds in a “pooled” State Pool Retention Fund, administered by MMRMA, which then pays their self-insured losses up to the $50,000 SIR.  Casualty losses in excess of the SIR are paid by MMRMA and its reinsurers.  For property and auto physical damage coverage, State Pool Members can select deductibles as a means of retaining a portion of the risk.  This structure has worked very well and the MMRMA State Pool membership has grown to 266 public entities.

The State Pool also has an active role in MMRMA governance.  State Pool Members elect an individual to serve on the MMRMA Board of Directors.  Currently, Jeff Lawson from Cheboygan County holds that position.

In addition, MMRMA’s Governance Policies provide for a State Pool Committee.  The committee is comprised of nine individuals appointed by the MMRMA Board Chair.  Current members of the State Pool Committee are:

  • Timothy Aho, Iron County
  • Eric Forsberg, Houghton County
  • Lynne Ladner, City of South Lyon (Committee Chair)
  • Amy Sullivan, City of Huntington Woods
  • Susan Vander Pol, Osceola County
  • Mike Welsch, AuSable Valley CMH
  • Del Wensley, Salem Township (Committee Vice Chair)
  • James Wickman, Hartland Township

There is currently a vacancy on the State Pool Committee. State Pool Member employees who are interested in submitting a letter of interest can go to the home page and click on the photo labeled “Join a Committee” for more information, including eligibility criteria and submission instructions. Contact Tamara Christie at MMRMA if you have questions. The submission deadline is Friday, April 6, 2018.

This is the fourth distribution from the State Pool Retention Fund, and all State Pool Members can be justifiably proud of this important milestone!

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Livonia, MI 48154

MMRMA has been a leader in municipal risk since 1980 and remains committed to meeting the ever-expanding challenges faced by its membership. MMRMA's risk control services are designed to help its members identify, prevent, and mitigate losses through on-site surveys, training, and other services. MMRMA also provides its members with premier claims and legal services, sound financial management, and essential news on the latest developments in public risk management.


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