Parking ticket plan eyed BALTIMORE COUNTY

January 29, 1993|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Staff Writer

Baltimore County police might be giving up their duties when it comes to writing parking tickets, but that doesn't mean motorists who let the red "expired" sign pop up on county parking meters can relax.

Kenneth F. Mills Jr., director of the county's revenue authority, is working on a plan to use eight parking enforcement officers to write parking tickets. The officers would work for the revenue authority and enforce parking laws applying to the county's 1,822 meters.

The proposed system is similar to those used by Baltimore and Montgomery County.

The authority would keep a percentage of the take to pay the enforcement officers, plus a small profit. The rest would be given to the county. Last year, the county collected $1.2 million from parking tickets.

County Executive Roger B. Hayden said he believes using revenue authority workers to write traffic tickets "would produce more revenue."

Mr. Mills said the change will require legislation giving the revenue authority, a quasi-governmental agency, the power to issue parking tickets. The meters are spread throughout the county in older business areas such as Towson, Catonsville, Arbutus, Dundalk, Essex, Overlea and Pikesville.

Mr. Hayden said police Chief Cornelius J. Behan would rather use the cadets, who are used to writing parking tickets, for police business such as undercover narcotics duty at county high schools or checking bars that may serve underage drinkers.

Mr. Hayden and administrative officer Merreen E. Kelly said they are looking for ways to help police shed burdensome administrative duties. Their efforts are part of the new, slimmed-down county government that will be announced Feb. 11.

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