The governing board of a community college district may, by resolution, establish a fund or funds, as designated by the California Community Colleges Budget and Accounting Manual, for losses, and payments including, but not limited to, health and welfare benefits for its employees as defined by Section 53200 of the Government Code, district property, any liability, and workers' compensation, in the county treasury for the purpose of covering the deductible amount under deductible types of insurance policies, losses or payments arising from self-insurance programs, or losses or payments due to noninsured perils. In the fund or funds shall be placed sums, to be provided in the budget of the district, that will create an amount which, together with investments made from the fund or funds, will be sufficient in the judgment of the governing board to protect the district from such losses or to provide for payments on the deductible amount under deductible types of insurance policies, losses or payments arising from self-insurance programs, or losses or payments due to noninsured perils. Nothing in this section shall be construed as prohibiting the governing board from providing protection against such losses to district property or liability for the payment of claims partly by means of the fund or funds and partly by means of insurance written by acceptable insurers as provided in Section 81601.
The fund or funds shall be considered as separate and apart from all other funds of the district, and the balance therein shall not be considered as being part of the working cash of the district in compiling annual budgets.
Warrants may be drawn on or transfers made from the fund or funds so created only to reimburse or indemnify the community college district for losses as herein specified, and for the payment of claims, administrative costs, related services, and to provide for deductible insurance amounts and purchase of excess insurance. The warrants or transfers shall be within the purpose of the fund or funds as established by resolution of the governing board.
The cash placed in the fund or funds may be invested and reinvested by the county treasurer, with the advice and consent of the governing board of the district, in securities which are legal investments for surplus county funds in this state. The income derived from the investments, together with interest earned on uninvested funds, shall be considered revenue of and be deposited in the fund. The cost of contracts or services authorized by this section are appropriate charges against the respective fund.
The governing board may contract for investigative, administrative, and claims adjustment services relating to claims. The contract may provide that the contracting firm may reject, settle, compromise and approve claims against the district, its officers or employees, within the limits and for amounts that the governing board may specify, and may provide that the contracting firm may execute and issue checks in payment of such claims, which checks shall be payable only from a trust account which may be established by the governing board. Funds in the trust account established by the board pursuant to the provisions of this section shall not exceed a sum sufficient as determined by the governing board to provide for the settlement of claims for a 30-day period. The rejection or settlement and approval of a claim by the contracting firm in accordance with the terms of the contract shall have the same effect as would the rejection or settlement and approval of such a claim by the governing board.
The contract may also provide that the contracting firm may employ legal counsel, subject to terms and limitations that the board may prescribe, to advise the contracting firm concerning the legality and advisability of rejecting, settling, compromising and paying claims referred to said contracting firm by the board for investigation and adjustment, or to represent the board in litigation concerning the claims. The compensation and expenses of the attorney for services rendered to the board shall be an appropriate charge against the appropriate fund.
The contract provided for in this section may contain other terms and conditions that the governing board may consider necessary or desirable to effectuate the board's self-insured programs.
In lieu of, or in addition to, contracting for the services described in this section, the governing board may authorize an employee or employees to perform any or all of the services and functions which the board may contract for under the provisions of this section.
As used in this section, "firm" includes a person, corporation, or other legal entity, including a county superintendent of schools.
Prior to funding health and welfare benefits pursuant to this section, the community college district shall secure the services of an actuary enrolled under subtitle C of Title III of the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, to provide actuarial evaluations of the future annual costs of such benefits. The future annual costs as determined by the actuary shall be made public at a public meeting at least two weeks prior to the commencement of funding health and welfare benefits pursuant to this section.
(Amended by Stats. 1981, Ch. 931, Sec. 3.)
Education Code 81601
Government Code 53200