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Postal officials propose increase in fees


WATERLOO (KWWL) -- The U.S. Post Office is only government agency to be self supporting, which means it gets no tax dollars. Despite eliminating one million work hours and reducing expenses by more than one billion dollars every year since 2001, a budget gap remains.

Customers at the Waterloo post office say they are not thrilled to help make up the difference.

The most recent rate increase happened in May of 2009. Now postal officials are asking for another two cent increase raising the cost of a first class stamp to 46 cents.

"I guess I wasn't aware that it was going to go up again I know it had just gone up so I think I'll probably do more things online, probably automatic payment just to try and save." said Linda Chrisman of Waterloo.

The U.S. Post Office lost $3.8 billion in the last fiscal year. The poor economy has sharply reduced the amount of junk mail as companies cut advertising, but those like Amy Berdecia of Waterloo have decided to pay their bills online instead of through the mail.

"Just easier to pay online, less fees, and you don't have the waste of paper and the waste of constantly coming here to the post office," said Berdecia.

"I think they will have to reorganize or try to a few different things but I don't think the answer is always increasing every few months," said Chrisman.

If approved, the change would start on January 2nd.

Postal officials also have proposed eliminating Saturday mail delivery, but before that could happen it would need to be approved by the U.S. Congress.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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