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Tax receipts up again for Brookhaven

Brookhaven’s sales tax receipts are up for the month of April, keeping the trend on the rise.

The city collected $517,383.92 in April from sales taxes, higher than March’s $437,490.64 by almost $80,000. April 2018 saw slightly higher receipts at $535,572.60, but the year-to-date totals for Brookhaven are higher than one year ago — $4,762,526.92, compared to $4,735,449.58.

Statewide totals are up, as well. Mississippi collected $40,595,130 in sales tax revenue for the month of April, more than $300,000 over April 2018. The state’s year-to-date total — at $372.25 million — is significantly above 2018’s marker at $364.66 million.

The cities of McComb and Cleveland are the two closest in residency size to Brookhaven. McComb’s receipts were down slightly for April to $526,205.85 from March’s $530,557.83. Cleveland’s diversions were up almost $8,000 from March’s $339,795.62 to $376.464.80.

Twenty-two cities brought in higher sales tax receipts than Brookhaven, all of them with larger populations except two — D’Iberville on the Gulf Coast and the retail-rich city of Flowood. One-third of the 33 cities with larger populations than Brookhaven brought in lower tax diversions than did the Home Seekers Paradise. Those 11 cities include Natchez, Canton, Greenwood and the Gulf Coast cities of Moss Point, Ocean Springs, Gautier and Long Beach.

Sales tax data is provided by the Mississippi Department of Revenue. Sales tax has a three month cycle. In Month 1, tax is collected by the retailer. In Month 2, tax is reported and paid to the Department of Revenue by the retailer. In Month 3, diversion is paid by the Department of Revenue to the cities. This report is based on the month the tax is collected at the Department of Revenue (Month 2).