The recent selection of Gordon Harden to fill a vacancy on the board of the Baltimore County Revenue Authority is not sitting well with some state legislators in Annapolis who are now vowing to dismantle the quasi-public agency.
Harden, Towson resident who unsuccessfully ran for the Baltimore County Council in 2010, was selected by the council to fill the vacancy left open by the retirement of Les Pittler. Harden, who was picked by Councilman David Marks, a Perry Hall Republican, is drawing criticism because of 60 state and federal tax liens and nearly two-dozen housing code violations that were previously filed against him.
Boteler and fellow Parkville Republican Del. John Cluster are sponsoring a number of bills seeking to change how the authority operates. The bills include requiring the agency to conform to county ethics and procurement laws have passed the House of Delegates.
Both those bills are scheduled for hearings in the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee and the county Senate delegation.
The authority is a quasi-public agency that operates four parking garages in Towson as well as a number of metered spaces and surface lots around the county and five public golf courses.
Boteler said Thursday that he and Cluster plan to introduce a bill to dismantle the agency that the legislature created in the mid-1950s.
"The fact that this is going on is unbelievable," said Boteler. "We're going to come back next year and introduce a bill to dismantle the authority and I don't care if they know it now or not."