DUBIOUS Achievement awards are in order, based on some...

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January 19, 1995

DUBIOUS Achievement awards are in order, based on some tabulation done by Governing Magazine.

The magazine took a look at which governments receive the largest amounts of money. The editors call it the "Governing 1000."

Maryland ranks No. 19 on the list, with annual revenue of $13.7 billion. In the region, Virginia ranks No. 15, New Jersey No. 7, and Pennsylvania No. 5. The top two spots are easy to figure out: California with a staggering $100 billion in annual revenue, and New York state, with revenue of nearly $75 billion.

The Big Apple remains numero uno among cities. Despite all the talk of urban decline, New York City is No. 3 on the list, with revenue of nearly $45 billion. That's bigger than 48 states.

The District of Columbia is No. 42 on the revenue list, while Baltimore City is No. 61 (its revenue is bigger than Vermont's but smaller than Wyoming's and North Dakota's).

Montgomery County leads the local counties, at No. 67, but Prince George's County is not too far back at No. 80 and Baltimore County at No. 83. Anne Arundel clocks in at No. 111, Howard County at No. 176, Harford County at No. 227, Frederick County at No. 259, Washington County at No. 365, St. Mary's County at No. 518, Allegany County at No. 521, Cecil County at No. 539, Calvert at No. 542, Wicomico at No. 559, Worcester at No. 940.

But where on this list is Carroll County? It should be ranked in the mid-400s. And Charles County? It should be about 630. And Washington County? Its budgeted revenues for fiscal 1992 would place it about 915. But these three Maryland counties have been omitted from the "Governing 1000" list.

Such goofs raise questions about the reliability of this and other such "definitive" lists.

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