Act 44 and the Municipal Pension World

Michael Davisson, Vice President and Senior Financial Advisor, Municipal Pension Services, Univest Bank and Trust Co.

Michael DavissonPennsylvania's pension system is different from any other state or federal program, and it has a myriad of complex statutes. Pennsylvania municipalities need a trusted professional advisor who is well-versed and completely focused on this very complicated, highly specialized pension sector. Act 44, an amendment to the Municipal Pension Plan Funding Standard, provides additional regulations to this already complex pension world.

Act 44 was signed into law in September 2009 and the effects on municipalities were multi-faceted. One of the biggest impacts of Act 44 was that a municipality cannot change pension providers without first advertising those services through various channels. Thus, Univest Municipal Pension Services (UMPS) is at your service.

Many municipalities may elect to keep current pension providers due to the scrutiny and time-consuming nature of this Act. This is where UMPS can assist. We can map out the steps and strategy in an orderly fashion. We can guide a municipality through the Act 44 process and provide a tailored program. From creation of the request for proposal and other various documents to selecting the most appropriate avenue to reach your targeted audience, UMPS can help.

If you are interested in learning more about how UMPS can assist your municipality, please call us at 215-703-5459 or

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