- Associated Press - Monday, February 6, 2017

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - The University of Central Arkansas is reducing spending for the remainder of the fiscal year due to projected reduction in state funding.

Diane Newton, vice president for finance and administration, told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/2lh7iiN ) that the university has asked departments to only spend when necessary, instead of enacting a spending freeze. She said actual budgets haven’t been permanently cut.

State appropriations totaled to nearly $58.5 million in fiscal 2016. Appropriations are estimated to be less than $58.1 million in fiscal 2017, which would be a reduction of almost $411,000 for the university.

Emails were sent to UCA administrators last month, which indicated the amounts that should be reduced in spending.

Among the suggestions was “reducing hours for student labor and extra help.”



Newton said cost-of-living salary increases aren’t scheduled for the remainder of the fiscal year. She also said increases given to employees at the start of the year won’t be affected.

“There may be adjustments to some salaries for various reasons, but no general increase” is scheduled, she added.

Each division will be evaluating job openings.

“There are some positions that will not be refilled until July,” Newton said.

The university doesn’t have a total set amount that it intends to cut in spending, Newton said.

She noted, however, that the university will continue to monitor expenses campus wide.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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