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School Budget Vote Update: A Slow Morning

There was less traffic before noon this year compared to 2010.

It was a slow morning at the polling location, as Farmingdale residents cast their vote for the 2011-12 school budget.

"Traffic has been light," said poll worker Arlene Taiclet, who has been working elections in Farmingdale for 35 years.

As of noon, 656 residents had voted, compared to the 804 who voted in the same time frame last year, from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Taiclet said the weather could be what kept some voters away this morning. According to the National Weather Service, rain will continue in Farmingdale and much of Long Island into the afternoon and evening of the school budget vote.

Farmingdale residents are voting on a $146,957,711 budget today and two open seats on the Board of Education. Both incumbent board members John Capobianco and Stephen Wilson are running unopposed. The budget calls for a and represents a decrease in spending from last year.

"No wants to see an increase again, but for the services that are provided through our school, I hope it will be well-received," said resident Denise Turetsky.

Voting will continue in the Howitt East gym until 9 p.m., when the polls will close.

For a full recap of this year's school budget season in Farmingdale, check out the Patch

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