The University of Maryland System got word today that it must cut $11.4 million more from its 1992 budget in response to the state's fiscal crisis.
The latest swing of the budget ax comes one month after the system's 11 campuses were ordered to slash $24.1 million from their 1992 budgets. The system was cut $60 million last year.
Information about the latest cut was released by Roz Hiebert, a spokeswoman for UM College Park. However, UM System spokeswoman Anne Moultrie refused to comment and referred questions to the state Department of Budget and Fiscal Planning, the agency that sent letters issuing the cut to each UM campus last week.
James B. Rowland, a spokesman for the budget department, would not comment on the letter but said another round of statewide budget cuts is to be announced next week.
The 1992 UM cuts have already prompted the Board of Regents to order a one-time, 15 percent tuition surcharge for students, payable in January.
The regents last month also voted to raise tuition at UM schools at least 4 percent next fall.
The higher education cuts are in response to dwindling state tax revenues that could leave the state with a deficit of up to $400 million by the end of the fiscal year.
Today's announced cuts average 2 percent per campus. At UM College Park, administrators were ordered to cut $4.3 million, which is in addition to an $8.5 million cut made last month, Hiebert said.