Sales-tax revenue gets a kick in South Mississippi

A big month for Gulfport put the city's sales-tax diversion from the state at more than $2 million for the first time since 2008 and the total for South Mississippi up $700,000 from March 2015.

Biloxi also had a good March, topping $1 million for the second time in three months. D'Iberville's tax diversion was $109,000 higher than a year ago.

Only Diamondhead and Moss Point saw slight decreases.

The March report released Friday by the state Department of Revenue is for February sales-tax collections at Coast businesses. Totals fluctuate greatly by month, and a more-accurate indication that sales are increasing can be seen from sales by the quarter. For the first three months of the year, diversions to the 12 Coast cities are running $630,000, or 4 percent, ahead of last year.