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Biloxi wants back in on sales tax holiday

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

By Krystal Allan – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - At first Biloxi wanted to opt out, now the city wants to opt back in to the state sales tax holiday this summer. Mayor A.J. Holloway pointed to the troubled economy and declining sales tax revenue as reasons why he initially said no.

The city council approved a resolution Tuesday afternoon to re-instate the sales tax holiday.

At Aeropostle, the countdown to 12:01 a.m. July 30 has already begun.  Store Manager Carrie Mcallister is counting on racking up even bigger sales this year, compared to last year.

"It was very close to Black Friday numbers. It was unbelievable, and I think it's gonna be better this year," Mcallister said.

Derrick and Kimeyarus Holmes of Natchez are parents of a five-year-old headed to Kindergarten. Their city already plans on having a sales tax holiday.  They believe the stores will see more money coming in when shoppers have more buying power.

"Instead of just buying a little here or there, it'll be a good time to take advantage of buying things in bulk. The more you can get without paying taxes on it the better you'll be later on," says Derrick Holmes Sr.

Items like clothing and shoes, costing $100 or less per item, are exempt from the seven percent sales tax during the holiday.  Schools supplies, accessories and items worn for school sports are not included in the sales tax holiday. You can see a full list of the items eligible for the sales tax holiday at http://www.mstc.state.ms.us/secondsalestaxholiday.html.

Mcallister expects to be counting a lot more green during this year's sales tax holiday.  But, she said the Biloxi City Council's decision is bigger than helping people bank a few bucks.

"The big thing for me is remembering to care of our own, take care of our own people, our own businesses. If you can give something back, even something as small as seven percent, and give that back to us, it makes us want to stay here," Mcallister said.

The sales tax holiday starts at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 30 and runs through Saturday, July 31 at midnight.  The council still has to submit its request to the State Tax Commission to opt back in.

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