George Mason University Athletic Director Jack Kvancz said yesterday a $200,000 to $250,000 reduction in state funding in his department's $3 million annual budget "will not be painless, but it won't be earth-shattering either."

The reductions have come in increments, a 5 1/2 percent university-wide reduction when the new fiscal year began in July and a 2 percent salary takeback about a month ago.

Kvancz said he anticipates some problems for the 1991-92 fiscal year if the cutbacks continue and tuition, as expected, is raised again. But Kvancz said six to 10 athletic department jobs remained unfilled because of a hiring freeze, department publications have been reduced and tighter travel rules have been instituted.

"People here will have to work harder," Kvancz said. "But people on the outside will not see any changes."

Kvancz's biggest concern is fund raising. He expects a second-semester surcharge in tuition to cost $60 to $100 per student, depending whether the student is an in-state or out-of-state resident, adding as much as $100,000 to this year's original fund-raising goal. And he is even more concerned about another tuition increase next fall.

George Mason raised $1 million privately for scholarships last year, and this year's pace is slightly ahead of that. "It's the biggest concern I have because this isn't the best time for fund raising," Kvancz said.

He said most of the donations come from businesses tied to Northern Virginia's real estate and development industry. The real estate and development business is one of the hardest hit by the general economic decline.

But he also is concerned about further cutbacks by the state, which has a $1.4 billion deficit. "The real concern is if {the cutbacks continue}," Kvancz said. "Then we may be forced into making some tough decisions."