PETAL, MS (WDAM) - Petal's economy continues to show plenty of growth, and the current sales tax revenue proves it is doing just that. Sales tax is up over $108,000 from July 1, 2014.
It is a continuation of a trend that has been going on for the past several years. Petal has become the city of choice for shoppers from not only Petal, but also the surrounding counties.
Hal Marx, mayor of Petal, said the city continues to grow because of a business-friendly climate.
"It's a good place to own and operate a business," Marx said. "We're a safe city and we have the reputation for being a safe place to shop. We are drawing people from south Jones County, Perry County, Greene County that don't want to have to drive all the way to Hattiesburg."
"We're getting more variety of offerings here in Petal, it's not just a one store, two stores anymore. We're getting different things and we're going to continue to try to offer people more shopping opportunities," he added.
The mayor went on to say that there is the possibility of a new shopping center coming to the city as well as a hotel. The extra money will be added to the general fund and will go toward fire protection, police protection and the city's roads.