The core foundation for a multiyear projection is the combination of a base year budget and assumptions. Assumptions are applied to the base year to project future years. Select assumptions are automatically listed in the Multiyear Projection (extended) and Multiyear Projection (3 years) reports on their own page.

Once a projection is created, static assumption rates are held constant unless manually updated. This permits the projection to be retained as a snapshot in time even if the system assumption information is updated in the future. The refresh icon or 'Refresh State Assumptions' button can be used to align an existing projection's assumption rates to system assumption rates.

Click on the expand and collapse icons to see more or fewer details throughout the page.

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Default Applied Assumptions

FCMAT assigns default assumptions to resource-object combinations based on industry standard. Assumptions that have been default applied can be modified or deleted to customize a projection to local needs.

To request a new assumption be applied by default to a resource-object combination or range, please request additional assistance through the FCMAT help desk. Include:



This screen has six sections to help organize the assumptions.

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A. State Rates

B. Local Rates

C. Screen-Based Rates and Values

D. Custom Object Rates and Values

E. User-Defined Rates and Values

F. Assumption Explanations and Other Adjustments

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1. Assumption

This row displays general information for the assumption, including the long description, short description and rates.


2. Applied Assumptions

Expand the Assumption row to view where the assumption is applied and the dollar value adjustment from the assumption.


3. Refresh State Assumptions Button

The 'Refresh State Assumptions' button is enabled when the assumption rates in the 'State Rates' section do not match the current system defined rates. Click the button to reset the entire section to current system defined rates.


4. Refresh Icon

The refresh icon is enabled when the rates for a specific assumption in the 'State Rates' section does not match the current system defined rates. Click the icon to reset the selected assumption to current system defined rates.

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5. Copy Icon

The copy icon creates a copy of the selected assumption in the 'User-Defined Rates and Values' section. The copy retains all of the underlying assumption settings from the original assumption, but they can be modified.

This feature can be used to create a local assumption with a unique title to separately track the effects of the assumption.

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6. New Assumption Button

The 'New Assumption' button creates a new assumption based on default assumption settings. Once created, the settings can be modified to create a custom assumption.


7. Notes Icon

Assumption notes can be read and edited from this section of the screen. The notes button indicates whether a note exists or not. By default, the system prefills notes with the system source and any helpful tips for applying the assumption. These notes can be overridden to meet local needs.

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8. Information Icon

Clicking the 'Information Icon' will display the assumption settings for the selected assumption.

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9. Long Description Field

The long description field is the title of the assumption as it will appear in drop-downs, when applied to a resource-object combination, and in reports.


10. Short Description Field

The short description field is not displayed in the software, but is necessary for the application of assumptions. The short description field should be unique.


11. Edit Custom Assumption Icon

Clicking the pencil icon on an assumption displayed in the 'User-Defined Rates and Values section will display a window where the assumption settings can be modified for the selected assumption.

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Assumption Settings

Entry Format

The 'Entry Format' setting defines the formatting of the assumption rates.


The 'Type' setting defines whether a single set or customizable set of assumption rates is applied across the projection.


The 'Timing' setting defines whether the adjustment from the assumption is one-time or ongoing in nature.

Note: One-time items budgeted in the base year are reduced with an 'Ongoing' timing assumption because the activity was one time in the base year and then removed for all projected fiscal years ongoing.

Special Calculations

The 'Special Calculations' setting defines whether the enterable rates or values apply per the standard calculation methodology or whether special handling occurs.

Personnel Type

The 'Personnel Type' setting defines which salary adjustment description the activity of the assumption is reported on in the multiyear projection reports.


12. Delete Custom Assumption Icon

Click the 'x' icon to delete a custom assumption. This will remove the assumption from all locations where it is applied in the projection.


13. Other Adjustments Fields

Enter an 'Other Adjustments' value in the Assumptions Explanations and Other Adjustments section to be displayed in the multiyear projection reports as line 10, Other Adjustments.

The 'Other Adjustments' fields operate similarly to the 'Other Adjustments' fields in the SACS software, allowing LEAs to highlight and communicate future budget adjustments without mixing the details in the major object categories.

To use this field, enter the adjustment value on the appropriate line. Then, in the narrative area, include an explanation for any significant expenditure adjustments.

alert iconConsult your fiscal oversight agency for additional requirements before using the Other Adjustments fields.


14. Narrative

There are three narrative fields in the Assumptions Explanations and Other Adjustments section: unrestricted, restricted and combined. These fields display in the multiyear projection reports, each narrative field displayed and printed on a separate page.

For the unrestricted and restricted narrative fields, at a minimum explain any significant expenditure adjustments in the 'Other Adjustments' fields and projected staffing changes. Use these fields to also communicate major assumptions that don't display on the assumptions page of the multiyear reports and any other highlighting information that local stakeholders would find of interest.

Use the combined narrative field to highlight hot topics and future plans that have been included in the multiyear projection. Discuss the LEA's ability to meet the minimum reserve requirement. Try to communicate in a way that links the dollars back to the actions to make the narrative more meaningful to your stakeholders. For example, instead of emphasizing the funding adjustment:

The LEA added $5,000 of funding in Sample restricted program and estimates an additional $5,000 to be spent on workbooks.

rewrite the activity to emphasize the purchase and impact to make it more accessible to stakeholders:

In 2021-22, the LEA plans to provide science workbooks to 100 at-risk elementary students at a cost of $50 each with new funding from Sample restricted program.

You can also use the multiyear export data to create custom graphs and charts from your multiyear projection results.