ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- There are over 1,400 townships in the State of Illinois and Rockford Township is the largest in both area and population. And next week's township supervisor race is one of the most intriguing on the ballot.
And things are starting to get contentious as both candidates are accusing the other of being disingenuous when it comes to the township's tax rate.
"One of the things he said last night is that he lowered the tax rate each of the last three years. So I dug up my tax bill for the last three years. I looked at it and the tax rate for each of the last three years has gone up for each of the last three years. Which means my opponent is not telling the truth," Mitchell said.
"That's flat out wrong. The tax levy has gone down ten percent the last three years. Our tax levy is only at one third of the maximum rate allowed by law. And for Rockford residents, the tax byte from the township is less than one percent of the entire tax bill. So I'm very proud of the fiscal record that we've established here in Rockford Township," Goral said.
Another area of contention is the supervisor's salary. Mitchell says he will ask to cut the salary which currently stands at just under $99,000.
Goral says the salary was decided by the bi-partisan board and the law prohibits any change to the salary for the upcoming four year term.