Coverage of political subdivisions
(1)Each political subdivision of the state is authorized to submit for approval by the department a plan for extending the benefits of Title II of the social security act, in conformity with applicable provisions of such act, to employees of such political subdivision. Each such plan and any amendment thereof shall be approved by the department if it finds that such plan, or such plan as amended, is in conformity with such requirements as are provided in regulations of the department; except that no such plan shall be approved unless:
(a)It is in conformity with the requirements of the social security act and with the agreement entered into pursuant to the provisions of section 24-53-102;
(b)It provides that all services which constitute employment, as defined in section 24-53-101, and are performed in the employ of the political subdivision by employees thereof shall be covered by the plan;
(c)It specifies the source from which the funds necessary to make the payments required by paragraph (a) of subsection (3) and by subsection (4) of this section are expected to be derived and contains reasonable assurance that such sources will be adequate for such purpose;
(d)It provides for such methods of administration of the plan by the political subdivision as are found by the department to be necessary for the proper and efficient administration of the plan;
(e)It provides that the political subdivision make such reports, in such form and containing such information as the department may from time to time require, and comply with such provisions as the department or the secretary from time to time may find necessary to assure the correctness and verification of such reports; and
(f)It authorizes the department to terminate the plan in its entirety, in the discretion of the department, if it finds that there has been failure to comply substantially with any provisions contained in such plan, such termination to take effect at the expiration of such notice and on such conditions as may be provided by regulations of the department and may be consistent with the provisions of the social security act.
(2)The department shall not finally refuse to approve a plan submitted by a political subdivision pursuant to the provisions of subsection (1) of this section and shall not terminate an approved plan without sixty days’ notice and opportunity for hearing to the political subdivision affected thereby.
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(a)Each political subdivision as to which a plan has been approved pursuant to the provisions of this section shall pay into the contribution fund, with respect to wages, as defined in section 24-53-101, contributions in the amounts and at the rates specified in the applicable agreement entered into by the department pursuant to the provisions of section 24-53-102. Such contributions from the political subdivision to the department shall be due not earlier than the expiration of the initial one-third of the time provided for payment by the department to the United States secretary of the treasury pursuant to the provisions of section 24-53-102.
(b)Each political subdivision required to make such payments pursuant to the provisions of paragraph (a) of this subsection (3) is authorized, in consideration of the retention of the employee in or entry of the employee upon employment after July 1, 1987, to impose upon each of its employees, as to services which are covered by an approved plan, a contribution with respect to his wages, as defined in section 24-53-101, not exceeding the amount of tax which would be imposed by the federal insurance contributions act, if such services constituted employment within the meaning of that act, and to deduct the amount of such contribution from his wages as and when paid. Contributions so collected shall be paid into the contribution fund in partial discharge of the liability of such political subdivision or instrumentality pursuant to the provisions of paragraph (a) of this subsection (3). Failure to deduct such contribution shall not relieve the employee or employer of liability therefor.
(4)Delinquent payments due pursuant to the provisions of paragraph (a) of subsection (3) of this section, with interest at the rate established by regulation pursuant to the social security act or pursuant to the provisions of this article, whichever is higher, may be recovered by action in a court of competent jurisdiction against the political subdivision liable therefor or, at the request of the department, may be deducted from any other moneys payable to such subdivision by any department or agency of the state. The department may establish additional penalties for failure of any political subdivision to make timely reports or contribution payments.
(5)Each political subdivision may exclude from wages such payment made under a plan or system if such plan or system is approved by the department. This subsection (5) shall authorize a political subdivision to establish a plan or system as required by section 209 (b) of the social security act.
Section 24-53-104 — Coverage of political subdivisions,
https://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/images/olls/crs2023-title-24.pdf (accessed Oct. 20, 2023).