City’s sale tax collections continue to be record-breaking

For several months now, 28 to be exact, Biloxi has seen record sale tax collections, with July being a record-breaking month.

The numbers were reported earlier this week showing more than $1.4 million in sales tax collections in July, making it the highest reported monthly sales tax revenue in decades, possibly even in the history of Biloxi. Records continue to be set monthly with figures eclipsing the million-dollar mark for more than 28 months in a row.

“Trends continue to move in the right direction,” Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said. “Growth is taking place, bringing more people to Biloxi.”

Community Development Director Jerry Creel says that there are a number of factors that contribute to the upward trend.

“Confidence in what is happening here in Biloxi is evident,” Creel said. “Single-family home inventory has greatly increased, as well as commercial businesses and retail shops. The number of events taking place in Biloxi also contributes to people staying and shopping in our city.”

Added Gilich: “The numbers don’t lie and they are up. Our goal is to keep people coming back and to continue to make Biloxi a safe, friendly, and beautiful community that all want to enjoy.”

News & notes: Weekly report, harbor fees, citizens academy

The week that was: Ever wonder how busy certain city departments are? Check out the weekly reports from the Fire, Police, Community Development, and Public Works departments posted each week on the city’s website. To see the reports, click here.

Charter boat rental rates: New berthing rates have been adopted by the City of Biloxi and charter boat owners are being asked to schedule an appointment with Biloxi Port Division to sign a lease with the newly approved rates. Appointments are to be made by Aug. 23 and new rates begin Sept. 1. To see the letter sent to boat owners, click here. To see the ordinance, click here.

Citizen’s Police Academy: Harrison County residents interested in participating in the 3rd Annual Police Citizen’s Academy have until Friday to apply for the program. The program, designed to give citizens insight into how the Biloxi Police Department serves the community, is open to ages 21 and older. To see the flyer, click here.