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The board may establish a retirement system for the officers and employees of the district and provide for the payment of annuities, pensions, retirement allowances, disability payments, and death benefits or any of them, provided that the adoption, terms and conditions of any retirement system covering employees of the district, a majority of who are represented by a labor organization in accordance with Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 25051) of this part, shall be pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement between such labor organization and the district.
The district may maintain its own retirement fund or may provide for benefits to eligible officers and employees, or their beneficiaries, by means of group insurance or other insurance, or by such means as in the opinion of the board will satisfactorily provide an adequate and sure method of meeting the payments contemplated by the retirement system.
Before establishing any retirement system the board shall secure a report from a qualified actuary, which shall show the cost of the benefits provided by the system, and the prospective assets and liabilities of the system.
The board may adopt all ordinances and resolutions and perform all acts necessary or convenient to the initiation, maintenance, and administration of the retirement system.
Nothing in this chapter prevents a district from participating in and making all or part of its employees members of the State Employees' Retirement System by contract entered into between the district and the board of administration of the system under the State Employees' Retirement Law or from participating in the Federal Social Security Act, or from participating in the retirement system of any other public agency for which it is eligible, and the district may perform all acts necessary or convenient for such participation. Such participation shall not be considered as establishing a retirement system subject to the provisions of this chapter.
The board may classify and determine the officers and employees who shall be included as members in the retirement system and may change the classification from time to time. Membership of all officers and employees so classified and included in the retirement system is compulsory. The retirement system shall not apply to elective officers.