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Employee Benefits
The City of Portland is self-insured and offers a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plan through Texas Municipal Intergovernmental Employee Benefits Pool (TMLIEBP). Employee health and dental coverage goes into effect the first day of employment. Coverage is available to all full-time employees at no cost to the employee. For dependent coverage, employees and the city share the cost at 50% each.

Basic group life insurance protection is provided to eligible full-time employees in the amount of $25,000 at no cost to the employee. Additional optional life insurance protection up to $50,000 is also available to employees with employees paying the premiums.

All employees appointed to positions designated to work 1,000 hours or more a year must participate in the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS). The plan requires 6% gross earnings be deducted pre-taxed and deposited into the member's account. The city provides two to one matching contributions.

An employee becomes vested with 10 years of service. A vested employee becomes eligible for retirement with 10 years of service at age 60 or 20 years of service at any age. The city has an additional provision with TMRS to provide supplemental death benefits for employees and retirees.

Additional Benefits
Other benefits are social security, cafeteria plan, 457 deferred compensation plan, Roth IRA, workers compensation, direct deposit, long term disability and vacation / sick buy back.