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Sales tax up in Picayune and Poplarville for May

Sales tax in Picayune and Poplarville in the month of May outperformed the same month of the previous year, in spite of the ongoing pandemic.

Picayune received $489,186 in sales tax diversions in July, from sales in May. In the same month of 2019, the city’s sales tax diversion was $432,261.

Poplarville received $89,099 in sales tax diversions in July from sales made in May. In 2019, the city received $87,350 in the same month.

Both cities received more in sales tax diversions from sales made in May than sales made in April. Picayune received $433,908 from sales tax collected in April, while Poplarville received $87,225. Poplarville received its highest sales tax diversion so far this year from sales tax collected in March, $93,116.

Cities across the state received $41.8 million for sales tax collected in May, compared to $39.7 million in the same month of 2019. However, through July 1, cities across the state have still collected less in sales tax than the previous year, $449.4 million, compared to $449.6 million.

Some of the cities in neighboring counties are seeing decreases in sales tax diversions. Biloxi received $944,240 for sales tax collected in May compared to the $1.2 million collected the previous year, while Bay St. Louis collected $145,544 compared to $150,048 in 2019.

Others have held steadier, like Hattiesburg, which received $1.94 million from May sales tax, compared to $1.95 million in 2019.

Mississippi’s most populated city, Jackson saw a decrease compared to last year, receiving $2.3 million in sales tax diversions for May’s sales compared to $2.4 million in the same month of 2019.