Missouri Constitution

Article VI
Section 25

August 28, 2013

Limitation on use of credit and grant of public funds by local governments--pensions and retirement plans for employees of certain cities and counties.

Section 25. No county, city or other political corporation or subdivision of the state shall be authorized to lend its credit or grant public money or property to any private individual, association or corporation except as provided in Article VI, Section 23(a) and except that the general assembly may authorize any county, city or other political corporation or subdivision to provide for the retirement or pensioning of its officers and employees and the surviving spouses and children of deceased officers and employees and may also authorize payments from any public funds into a fund or funds for paying benefits upon retirement, disability or death to persons employed and paid out of any public fund for educational services and to their beneficiaries or estates; and except, also, that any county of the first class is authorized to provide for the creation and establishment of death benefits, pension and retirement plans for all its salaried employees, and the surviving spouses and minor children of such deceased employees; and except also, any county, city or political corporation or subdivision may provide for the payment of periodic cost of living increases in pension and retirement benefits paid under this section to its retired officers and employees and spouses of deceased officers and employees, provided such pension and retirement systems will remain actuarially sound.

Source: Const. of 1875, Art. IV, 47, 47a, 48a, (as amended November 2, 1948).

(Amended January 14, 1966)

(Amended November 6, 1984)

(1953) Election of St. Louis City board of education to bring school district under workmen's compensation system of state held not violative of constitution particularly in view of teachers' pension provision of 25, Art. VI. Hickey v. Board of Education of City of St. Louis, 363 Mo. 1039, 256 S.W.2d 775.

(1968) Allowing proceeds of tax to be expended by private agency violates this section. Ruggeri v. City of St. Louis (Mo.), 429 S.W.2d 765.

(1975) Held an increase in pensions for persons already retired based on cost of living violates Art. VI, 25, Const. of Mo. and that pension funds retain their identity as public funds. Section 86.441 insofar as it applies to persons already retired on August 13, 1972, is unconstitutional. Police Retirement System v. Kansas City (Mo.), 529 S.W.2d 388.

(1975) Constitutionality upheld as not violating Art. III, 39, or Art. VI, 25, of the constitution of Missouri. State ex rel. Dreer v. Public School Retirement System (Mo.), 519 S.W.2d 290.

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