1. *Ca also permits you to utilize service time -- but that is restricted to military / federal / or reciprocal civil sector time. The proposal to purchase 'air time' (ie: extra yrs that haven't been worked) hasn't been approved by Sacramento as far as I know. Once [read if] that happens, then each county would have to evaluate the strength of their retirement portfolios and adopt. It is doubtful that many counties could actually afford it. But you CAN get years for the amt of time in the military / federal / or reciprocal civil sectors (ie: other counties / municipalities).
That's the way ours used to be, but the NV Legislature decided that it wasn't fair to those of us who didn't "serve" - after all we have to pay for the time we're purchasing. An actuary figures out the present value of the time that's bought based on the employee's age, salary and life expectancy. It doesn't cost the system anything since the employee buys it. Also, the law was recently changed to allow us to buy time with 457 money or our "cashout" for any unused sick or annual leave - all BEFORE taxes. Talk about a great deal!
I can't take advantage of this, though since I already bought the max of 5 years.
It would be nice if this were increased to 10 or some higher number, but that's just wishful thinking on my part.