D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - According to the Mississippi Department of Revenue website, D'Iberville now ranks third in sales tax collection across the coast, after Gulfport and Biloxi.
Although taxes were up for the month of December, local mom and pop shops like Cheeky Monkey Cake Company say they didn't add much to the tax collection increase. Store owner Jennifer Noble said they're actually still recovering from the construction that started on Sangani Blvd last September.
"It's really just shut us down. People got into the habit of going elsewhere for their needs, whether it be cakes or cupcakes," Noble said. "Even some of our other neighbors, because we're right here with other restaurants, they suffered as well."
She says collectively across the shopping plaza, sales have dropped about 80 percent, forcing some stores to close. Luckily, Cheeky Monkey has been able to keep baking sweet treats for their customers. But Noble says that being a smaller store, they're feeling the struggle.
"We don't have a corporate that we can back up to, to help us make it through these harder months," she says.
And even though her shop is still in recovery mode, Noble is happy D'Iberville is becoming more marketable and keeps growing.
"Fifteen years ago, there's no way you could've told me that this was going to be here. I would've called you a liar. So I think it's fantastic, the growth that we have. And to be competing with big cities like Biloxi and Gulfport for sales tax, that's phenomenal," Noble said.
And as her business slowly starts picking back up, Noble looks forward to being able to add more to the city's sales tax collection.
D'Iberville City Manager Bobby Eleuterius says with even more development expected in the future, city officials are hoping the tax revenue will continue to grow.