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MAUCH v. ALLEGHENY COUNTY RETIREMENT BOARD (04/18/55)

April 18, 1955

MAUCH
v.
ALLEGHENY COUNTY RETIREMENT BOARD, APPELLANT.



Appeal, No. 73, March T., 1955, from judgment of Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, July T., 1954, No. 1241, in case of Frank Albert Mauch v. The Retirement Board of Allegheny County. Judgment affirmed.

COUNSEL

John P. Hester, for appellant.

John A. Metz, Jr., with him Metz, McClure, Hanna & MacAlister, for appellee.

Before Stern, C.j., Stearne, Jones, Bell, Chidsey, Musmanno and Arnold, JJ.

Author: Chidsey

[ 381 Pa. Page 493]

OPINION BY MR. JUSTICE CHIDSEY

Appellee, Frank Albert Mauch, filed a petition in which he prayed for a declaratory judgment adjudging that he be entitled, upon his retirement from employment with Allegheny County, to a retirement allowance from the Retirement System, administered by appellant, the Retirement Board of Allegheny County. The answer of the Board admitted all the averments in Mauch's petition but, by way of further answer, averred that his right to the allowance was barred by the Act of March 31, 1937, P.L. 191, Sec. 12, 16 PS § 326, and the Act of July 28, 1953, P.L. 723, Art. XVII, Sec. 1716, 16 PS § 2151-1716. Mauch filed a motion for judgment on the pleadings which was sustained, and from the judgment entered in his favor the Retirement Board has appealed.

The admitted averments of the petition are as follows: Mauch was employed by Allegheny County on June 15, 1925 and remained in the employ of the County until March 31, 1933, at which time he was "furloughed". During this period he regularly made all required payments into the Retirement Fund administered by appellant. At the time of his furlough, Mauch withdrew all his contributions from the fund as permitted by law. From January 2, 1901 to January 15, 1925, Mauch had served as an employe of the City of Pittsburgh, and from May 28, 1915 until he attained

[ 381 Pa. Page 494]

    the age of sixty, on March 26, 1939, he regularly made all payments required by law into the City Pension Fund, pursuant to the provisions of the Act of May 28, 1915, P.L. 596, as amended, 53 PS § 9411, and thereby became entitled to a City pension.

Mauch returned to active duty as an employe of the County of Allegheny on April 13, 1937 and ever since has been so employed. From that date to the present time he has regularly made all payments into the County Retirement Fund. On November 19, 1947 he repaid to the Retirement Fund the full amount of the contributions withdrawn by him, with interest from the date of withdrawal to the date of payment. He was thereupon notified in writing by the Retirement Board that, as of December 31, 1947, he had eighteen years, six months and two days of service applicable toward his eligibility for allowance from the Fund.

The determinative issue is whether appellee, who became eligible to receive a pension from the City of Pittsburgh on March 26, 1939, is prevented by the Acts of 1937, supra, and 1953, supra, from being presently entitled upon retirement to a pension from the County Retirement Fund. The Act of 1937 provides, inter alia, as follows: "... Hereafter no person who, at the time of his employment as a county employe, is receiving or is eligible to receive retirement allowance from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, or any other political subdivision thereof, shall be eligible to receive a retirement allowance from the county retirement system.".

The Act of 1953 provides, inter alia: "... No county employe who is receiving or is eligible to receive a pension or retirement allowance from the Government of the United States, except such persons who are receiving or eligible to receive a pension or ...


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