|February||County Extension Board develops county budget for next fiscal year.|
|March||County Extension Board reviews and approves proposed budget for next fiscal year.|
State fiscal year begins on July 1.
|November-December||University reviews and analyzes the College budget requests for next fiscal year. The budget is submitted to the Governor's Office and the Joint Legislative Budget Committee.|
|January||Recommendation of the request budget for next fiscal year by the Governor's office and the JLBC is made to the State Legislature|
Cycle then repeats.
The Appropriation of County Funds form is sent annually (around March or April) by the State Extension office to most county offices. It is used by the county Extension director to obtain a commitment to funding Extension in each county by acquiring a budget amount and signatures from the County Extension Board and Board of Supervisors. Once signed, it is returned to the State office for signature by the Extension Director and the University Controller and two copies are then returned to each county office. CALS Administrative Services will then invoice each county depending on the individual county government payment plans.
The intent of the policy is to promote better management of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences unit budgets and provide incentives to spend wisely. The policy varies from year to year, depending on the college's and the university's overall budget picture.