Gulf Counties Tax Receipts: Before and After the Spill

The BP oil spill was expected to bring economic hardship to Gulf communities already dealing with the aftermath of the financial crisis. ProPublica examined tax receipts for the 24 most affected communities, from Louisiana to Florida, in the six months that followed the spill and compared year-over-year growth of those six months from 2008 to 2009 and 2009 to 2010. Each community provided different tax records to ProPublica, and each community assesses different kinds of taxes.

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County State Type of Tax 2009 Change 2010 Change
Hancock County Mississippi Combined sales and lodging taxes -11.33%
Walton County Florida Combined sales and lodging taxes -3.79% -5.14%
Okaloosa County Florida Combined sales and lodging taxes -5.14% -3.65%
Baldwin County* Alabama Sales tax -4.26% -3.31%
Jackson County Mississippi Combined sales and lodging taxes -2.98%
Harrison County Mississippi Combined sales and lodging taxes -2.98%
Santa Rosa County Florida Combined sales and lodging taxes -2.25% -0.15%
Escambia County Florida Combined sales and lodging taxes -5.77% 0.98%
Gulf County Florida Combined sales and lodging taxes 4.07% -0.23%
Bay County Florida Combined sales and lodging taxes -4.13% -0.84%
St. Tammany Parish Louisiana Combined sales and lodging taxes -8.15% -0.58%
Terrebonne Parish Louisiana Combined sales and lodging taxes -6.9% 1.31%
Wakulla County Florida Combined sales and lodging taxes -1.44% 1.37%
Franklin County Florida Combined sales and lodging taxes -9.72% 1.84%
Jefferson Parish Louisiana Combined sales and lodging taxes -7.75% 3.66%
Jefferson County Florida Combined sales and lodging taxes -11.32% 3.75%
Iberia Parish Louisiana Combined sales and lodging taxes -19.93% 7.57%
Mobile County Alabama Sales tax -9.53% 7.43%
Vermilion Parish Louisiana Sales tax -6.05% 10.3%
Lafourche Parish Louisiana Sales tax -14.59% 10.43%
New Orleans Louisiana Combined sales and lodging taxes -5.61% 10.04%
St. Mary's Parish Louisiana Sales tax -12.18% 10.85%
Plaquemines Parish Louisiana Sales tax -14.92% 71.42%
St. Bernard Parish Louisiana Combined sales and lodging taxes -13.07% 94.61%