Under Romona’s leadership, Douglas County Government has a strong financial position, low debt burden, low pension liability with a very high quality credit position with a strong wealth and income profile. Douglas County’s full tax base rose to $12.9 billion dollars which is notably larger than the U.S median and worth mentioning is the favorable financial position reflecting the cash balance as a percent of operating revenues is far superior to the U.S. median increasing significantly between 2014 and 2018 under Romona’s leadership. Douglas County’s overall general fund reserves are at $10 million dollars and within 10% of the overall budget as recommended for Georgia counties. Under Romona’s leadership, the current millage rate is 10.213 improving from 11.267 upon taking office. She is masterful at managing turbulent budgets and under her leadership county property taxes have not been raised within the last three years. The median household income is $67,280 up from $57,384 and the combined new growth in the tax digest increased by 10% significantly up from 0.9% since Romona Jackson Jones has taken office as Commission Chair in Douglas County.
Romona’s leadership style has permeated the pursuit of excellence in Douglas County. While exuding confidence to compete and move Douglas County forward, she has authenticated in more ways than one, “there’s no room for second place”, as Douglas County continues to accelerate to become number one in the State of Georgia. Her outstanding leadership has secured a historical $4.5 billion in Economic Development projects in the pipeline for Douglas County. She possesses exceptional diplomacy skills and highly respected for building bi-partisan relationships to attain win-win solutions with local, state and federal partners. During her first year in office, Douglas County became the recipient of the single largest capital economic development project in Georgia’s history. Romona Jackson Jones is a game changer with a proven track record of revamping transparency, technology innovation, economic development, workforce development, public safety, mental health, beautification, arts culture and humanity, road infrastructure improvements, transportation and effective and inclusive public engagement in Douglas County. She is the right leader and the right choice to keep moving Douglas County forward, as we cope with the challenges of the most unprecedented virus in modern history. Her core values encompass integrity, transparency, efficiency, inclusivity and quality. Romona Jackson Jones is a professional unbiased leader who stands for what is right, do what is right and stand up for ALL citizens in Douglas County. Let’s keep moving Douglas Forward!