One state has a lot of the biggest county budgets. Guess which one?
California is home to 40 percent of the country’s top-spending counties.
After looking last week at the top 20 municipal budgets in the U.S., we decided to present the equivalent numbers for the other major category of local government as well: the county.
And it turns out, California is, by far, home to the most counties appearing on the list. The state’s spread-out, urban nature means that it has players at the top and bottom of the list: Los Angeles County is second with a budget of $30 billion, and Sacramento County is tied for last place at $4 billion.
Of course, there are four entries on the list that overlap the city budgets list — San Francisco, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York City are all consolidated city-counties, so they appear on both. If one were to be a purist and exclude those from the list, the next four would be Contra Costa County, Calif.; Orange County, Fla.; Prince George’s County, Md.; and Suffolk County, N.Y.
Here are the chief information officers (or their equivalents) from all 20 counties: