Post-Katrina Sales Tax Numbers Released - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Post-Katrina Sales Tax Numbers Released

B.J. Lock moved back to the coast right after the hurricane. The kitchen designer immediately went to work, and he hasn't stopped.

"This is volume that I've never seen," he said. "And we don't expect to slow down anytime soon either."

Not with people like Lisa Collums needing to replace "everything." The hurricane destroyed every appliance she had. So she's been out shopping for the best way to remodel her house.

"I'm going to get what I want because I'm going to have to live with it, hopefully forever," she said.

So many south Mississippians are in the same boat. They're lining up at appliance checkout counters, at furniture stores, at car dealerships, and at restaurants, and they're trying to rebuild their lives after Katrina. And that's helped Gulfport recover some of its tax losses.

Mike Necaise is Gulfport's comptroller.

"We were pleasantly surprised a couple of weeks ago when we have received the check from the state," Necaise said.

That check for October sales tax collections was more than $2.1 million. A 60% increase at a time when many predicted doom and gloom.

"The City of Gulfport is fortunate that its sales tax base remained intact at the I-10 Highway 49 corridor," said Necaise.

Gulfport knows that Hurricane Katrina washed away an estimated five million dollars in gaming tax collections, two million dollars in property taxes, and seven million dollars in water and sewer collections. To offset the projected losses, the city implemented a hiring freeze, and it received a $16 million federal loan.

If the bump in sales tax collections lasts for several more months, comptroller Necaise said it could also be counted on to help the city cover its expenses.

"We're going to come back bigger and better, there is no question about that," he said. "And I came to that conclusion probably six weeks ago."

About the time Gulfport store managers realized their initial post Katrina rush wasn't going to slow down.

"It's amazing," said Lock.

by Brad Kessie

  • NEWSMore>>

  • George Co. man charged for alleged role in dog fighting ring

    George Co. man charged for alleged role in dog fighting ring

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 8:33 PM EDT2018-05-24 00:33:15 GMT
    An alleged dog fighting ring was discovered in George County. (Photo Source: WLOX)An alleged dog fighting ring was discovered in George County. (Photo Source: WLOX)

    An alleged dog fighting ring in George County was broken up today, according to the George County Sheriff's Office. 

    More >>

    An alleged dog fighting ring in George County was broken up today, according to the George County Sheriff's Office. 

    More >>
  • Estimated 7,000 bodies may be buried at former asylum

    Estimated 7,000 bodies may be buried at former asylum

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 2:51 PM EDT2018-05-23 18:51:55 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 7:53 PM EDT2018-05-23 23:53:03 GMT
    (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis). In this May 9, 2018 photo taken in Starkville, Miss., Mississippi State University anthropologist Molly Zuckerman holds a portion of a mandible extracted from one of the graves unearthed at what was the graveyard of the Mis...(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis). In this May 9, 2018 photo taken in Starkville, Miss., Mississippi State University anthropologist Molly Zuckerman holds a portion of a mandible extracted from one of the graves unearthed at what was the graveyard of the Mis...
    Officials in Mississippi believe the remains of as many as 7,000 former patients at an asylum could be lying in an empty, grassy field on a university campus.More >>
    Officials in Mississippi believe the remains of as many as 7,000 former patients at an asylum could be lying in an empty, grassy field on a university campus.More >>
  • FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves

    FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:43 AM EDT2018-05-23 13:43:09 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 7:35 PM EDT2018-05-23 23:35:34 GMT
    The Food and Drug Administration said that various gels and creams containing the drug benzocaine can cause rare but deadly side effects in children, especially those 2 years and younger. (Source: FDA)The Food and Drug Administration said that various gels and creams containing the drug benzocaine can cause rare but deadly side effects in children, especially those 2 years and younger. (Source: FDA)

    The US Food and Drug Administration health is warning parents about the risks of teething remedies.

    More >>

    The US Food and Drug Administration health is warning parents about the risks of teething remedies.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly