Biloxi sees record-breaking sales-tax collections

“All the trends are in the right direction: Up,” says Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich after reviewing the record-sales tax collections in Biloxi for Calendar Year 2021.

The city’s Community Development Department, which oversees construction, land-use and zoning, reported that Biloxi saw a record $13.8 million in sales tax collections from January to December 2021, with monthly figures eclipsing the million dollar mark for a record 10 months.

The 2021 calendar year figures are nearly a 24 percent increase over Calendar Year 2020.

The news arrives just a couple months after the city announced that Fiscal Year 2021 – which runs from Oct. 1, 2020 to Sept. 30, 2021 – saw $1.02 billion in gross-gaming revenue, the highest yearly total since legalized gaming began in Biloxi in August 1992.

Taxes on gaming and sales typically account for two-thirds of the city’s annual operating revenue, followed by property taxes.

Said Gilich: “Our goal now, and it’s the same thing that we said when we saw that record-breaking gaming revenue, is to keep people coming back, to keep making the quality-of-life and quality-of-place improvements that you would expect to see in a community with a vibrant economy. When it comes to the Biloxi economy, if I were a betting man, I’d take the over.”
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News & notes: Reports, council replay, traffic

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