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Report: Spending flat in South Mississippi in July

Shoppers buy clothes at JC Penney at Edgewater Mall in Biloxi during the 2015 tax-free holiday. This year’s tax-free shopping days are July 29-30.
Shoppers buy clothes at JC Penney at Edgewater Mall in Biloxi during the 2015 tax-free holiday. This year’s tax-free shopping days are July 29-30. ttisbell@sunherald.com File

Half of the 12 cities in South Mississippi will see a drop in the sales tax diversion they get from the state next month.

The July report from the Mississippi Department of Revenue shows June sales, which were up $9,792 across the Coast counties. Spending in June hasn’t moved much over the last 5 years in South Mississippi. This year’s total was $5.3 million, compared to $5.3 million in 2015, $5.2 million in 2014 and $5.0 million in both 2013 and 2012.

Sun Herald

Economic indicators: Sales tax

Diversions from state to cities

July 2016

July 2015

Change

Bay St. Louis

$138,277

$137,145

$1,132

Biloxi

$1,093,437

$1,081,259

$12,178

D'Iberville

$607,747

$557,433

$50,314

Diamondhead

$47,087

$44,427

$2,660

Gautier

$198,109

$200,910

-$2,801

Gulfport

$1,776,609

$1,825,713

-$49,104

Long Beach

$112,800

$119,614

-$6,814

Moss Point

$145,255

$150,490

-$5,235

Ocean Springs

$390,980

$401,598

-$10,618

Pascagoula

$451,229

$466,673

-$15,444

Pass Christian

$134,901

$104,475

$30,426

Waveland

$208,895

$205,797

$3,098

Total

$5,305,326

$5,295,534

$9,792

Source: Mississippi Department of Revenue

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