From Harford County Councilman Jim McMahan:
My office has received a plethora of questions regarding Question “A” on the upcoming election Ballot. I agree it is confusing but the explanation below should help clear up concerns. It is a measure to not only streamline the process of administration but to eliminate unnecessary bureaucratic confusion. Please read below. Capt’n Jim
Clarification of Ballot Question A
“Question A” on the November ballot would make one simple change to streamline the organization chart in the executive branch of Harford County government. Currently, the county’s property management division reports to the director of procurement, who reports to the director of administration. If Question A is approved, property management would report directly to the director of administration.
There are no other changes proposed by Question A.
The director of administration would continue to report to the county executive, and decisions about the purchase, sale or lease of property would continue to be made by the county executive. In addition, all legal checks and balances regarding property and procurement will remain in effect. This includes approvals by the Board of Estimates and the County Council.
The ballot question was necessary because the County Charter lists the property management function under procurement; and any change to the Charter requires an amendment. This amendment was unanimously approved by the County Council in April.