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Sales Tax Collections for the Coast Show Some Declines from Last Year
But Current Figures Show Progress Since Katrina
 

A strong barometer of the Coast's recovery since hurricane Katrina can be seen, in part, from sales tax reimbursements provided to the cities from the State. The figures show that there are some declines from last year for some of the cities, but most are doing better than the same period before hurricane Katrina, which hit the area on August 29, 2005.

However, Pass Christian is still suffering the most among the cities. That city lost nearly all of its businesses, 100 percent of its government buildings and nearly 85 percent of it homes. Sales tax reimbursement in Pass Christian are up from 2006 for the same period, but are still sharply down for the period prior to the storm.

Some Coast communities, such as Gulfport, D'Iberville, Gautier, Ocean Springs and Pascagoula remain sharply higher than their 2005 results, but are down from last year. The business core of those cities benefited after the hurricane from the business generated while stores were closed, but as stores have re-opened in other cities, sales tax collections there have fallen. May figures represent sale taxes collected  from businesses March.

Waveland's figures also show sharp improvements. Several large big-box home improvement stores have opened and are helping to drive that city's economy.

(Figures from the Mississippi State Tax Commission)

Sales Tax Collections

May 2007

May 2006

May 2005 (Pre-Katrina)

Harrison County Cities

 

 

 

Biloxi

949,357.20

865,491.98

1,069,948.23

Gulfport

1,950,895.55

2,330,339.00

1,506,058.14

D’Iberville

403,823.45

459,962.24

293,113.28

Long Beach

133,379.91

144,701.72

133,505.20

Pass Christian

77,275.54

31,176.44

108,762.04

Hancock County Cities

 

 

 

Bay St. Louis

112,034.82

93,709.93

127,426.99

Waveland

255,863.91

147,291.88

189,428.72

Jackson County Cities

 

 

 

Ocean Springs

414,572.09

449,884.60

329,284.43

Gautier

212,181.95

287,105.21

171,107.92

Pascagoula

530,697.58

594,592.82

465,899.81

Moss Point

134,545.48

147,495.80

120,648.65

▲ Up from May 2006 ▼ Down from 2006

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