With a 4 to 2 vote, North Riverside’s village board Monday night approved its official spending ordinance for the 2011-12 fiscal year, which began May 1. Trustees Tom Corgiat, Randall Czajka, Hugh Hermanek and Joan Sargent voted to approve the ordinance, which mirrors the village’s proposed budget. Trustees H. Bob Demopoulos and Rocco DeSantis voted against the ordinance.

The appropriation leaves little room for error, with the general operating fund expected to finish a little more than break even by April 30, 2012. According to Finance Director Sue Scarpiniti, the general fund, which pays for day-to-day operations of the village, will end the year with a surplus of $10,457.

In the past two months, village trustees and staff have worked to close a nearly $2.2 million projected deficit in the general fund. In June a majority of trustees agreed that the way to do that would be a combination of revised revenue projections, deferred expenditures and increases in license and permit fees.

The board agreed to defer its required contribution to the village’s police and fire pension funds for the fourth straight year. It will also spread out a planned fund transfer from the general fund to the capital projects fund over two years and phase in a plan to put new video cameras in village’s police vehicles.

Trustees agreed to eliminate its yard waste bag giveaway program and will put off a planned vacation day buyback program for non-union employees. The village also expects to save $75,000 with a new policy for fire department staffing.

On the revenue side, trustees agreed to increase the amount the village projects to receive in sales taxes during 2011-12 and increased fees for licenses and permits across the board.

Non-union staff members are expected to receive a 2-percent pay increase after having their wages frozen for three of the past five years. However, during Monday’s public hearing on the appropriation, that could change.

“It’s to be determined by the board if they want to go ahead with that in the future,” said Scarpiniti.

That caveat is likely tied to the resolution of the village’s contract negotiations with its police and fire unions. Both are working without a contract. The village’s contract with its firefighters expired more than two years ago, while the police contract expired a little more than one year ago.

But there also appears to have been some behind-the-scenes discussion between members of the board majority and Demopoulos, who had proposed slashing some non-union salaries as much as 25 percent.

“I just believe salary cuts were necessary, especially at this economic time,” said Demopoulos.

Mayor Kenneth Krochmal indicated that talk of salary cuts – for all employees, not just non-union employees – weren’t necessarily over.

“You were told we would look at salary adjustments for every employee,” said Krochmal. “You want to be fair, right? So we will absolutely look at salary adjustments for all 67 employees, not just a chosen few.”