The approach to developing an annual budget in Saddleback College supports both district-wide and college-wide strategic plans and directions. Budget assumptions address the goals and commitments set collaboratively by committees in shared governance.
Since the District is primarily funded by basic aid funds, a basic aid allocation process is in place. The process follows an agreed upon timeline to complete the Tentative Budget, and the Proposed Final Budget for public hearing before the Board of Trustees adopts the final budget.
The College Fiscal Office takes the lead in finalizing the college budget in coordination with the cost center teams. Revenues and expenditures estimates are entered in a budget development software and uploaded to the District Operating Budget plan structure in Workday.