A steady stream of voters are braving the rain and filing in to Half Hollow Hills High School East to cast their ballots on next year's proposed school budget.
Poll workers have been at the high school since 5 a.m., setting up and guiding residents to the voting stations within the gymnasium.
Residents are voting on proposed school buget of $221,918,299, which stays within the state tax cap and represents a over the current year's spending plan. More details about budget cuts can be found in our
About 3,000 residents voted in last year's school budget and poll workers estimated that turn out this year would be about the same.
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"We're part of the community and so we should exercise our rights," Lystera Gaddi, who has four grandchildren in the district said.
Leo and John Musacchia said that the school clubs and sports teams were a main factor in their decision to vote in the school budget. "We want them to have activities," John said of his four children in the district, who are on the district's soccer and track teams, and participate in the music program.
"We came out today for the teachers," Donald and Sharon Krams said after casting their votes.
Polls will close at 10 p.m. tonight.