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Spending is up in South Mississippi

South Mississippi cities will see a collective $240,000 bump in the next tax diversion from the state as consumers spend more at South Mississippi shops and restaurants than a year ago.

Mississippi Department of Revenue reported Thursday the 12 Coast cities will receive $5.5 million in tax diversions for taxes collected at businesses in July. The “big three” retail cities saw the largest year-over-year gains, led by Biloxi up $110,000, Gulfport up $82,000 and D’Iberville up $43,000.

This follows a $10,000 increase in the July report for June sales.

Economic indicators - sales tax

Diversions to cities

August 2016

August 2015

Change

Bay St. Louis

$137,112

$128,476

+ $8,636

Biloxi

$1,222,981

$1,113,385

+ $109,596

D’Iberville

$618,236

$574,870

+ $43,366

Diamondhead

$49,294

$52,464

- $3,170

Gautier

$182,535

$180,379

+ $2,156

Gulfport

$1,821,128

$1,739,300

+ $81,828

Long Beach

$121,912

$117,637

+ $4,275

Moss Point

$164,740

$167,397

- $2,657

Ocean Springs

$422,614

$411,698

+ $10,916

Pascagoula

$419,054

$441,685

- $22,631

Pass Christian

$120,567

$110,320

+ $10,247

Waveland

$207,591

$210,418

-$2,827

Total

$5,487,764

$5,248,029

$239,735

Source: Mississippi Department of Revenue

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