The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

September 27, 2013

USPS proposes raise in prices

OTTUMWA—The United States Postal Service is going through hard times financially and is trying to come up with any possible way to try to lessen the impact of a society that is not sending mail like it used to.

On Wednesday, the postal Board of Governors announced they have developed plans to help generate revenue and are trying to increase the price of stamps by three cents, from 46 to 49 cents.

The raising of the price of stamps is not the first thing the Postal Service has done to try to secure some of their funds. Earlier this year, the Courier reported that USPS had decided to accelerate their consolidation plan, which will take many of the smaller mail processing facilities and combine them into one location. That change has not hit Iowa yet, but the surrounding states have been affected.

Increasing the postage prices is one of the last things the Board of Governors could find to try to increase the revenue for the Postal Service.

“Retail transactions are declining,” said Richard Watkins, USPS communications spokesman in Kansas City. “As a last resort, the Board of Governors has filed the proposal.”

Other prices will also see a price jump. The proposal is calling for a raise by one cent in additional ounces for first-class mail and postcard mailing, and letters going internationally will cost five cents more.

The expected revenue for the increased prices is said to be $2 billion, according a statement by board chairman Mickey Barnett in an Associated Press article. That will make a dent in the losses they are expected to have, which could reach $6 billion.

There is also a bipartisan bill currently in the Senate, which, if passed, would eliminate Saturday mail delivery and change door-to-door delivery to more of a cluster box and curbside delivery approach. It also contains a change to the method by which retiree health costs are calculated.

Text Only
Local News
  • A changing roster -- for school board OTTUMWA — If the last time you saw your board of education was before Christmastime, the current school board might surprise you. Two members retired from the board: longtime educator Ron Oswalt stepped down, as did board president Carol Mitchell. Bo

    July 29, 2014

  • Lottery sales top $3 billion mark OTTUMWA — Mother Nature may have thrown Iowans a brutal winter, but it didn’t stop them from venturing out to buy lottery tickets. On Tuesday, the Iowa Lottery confirmed that it had topped the $3 billion mark in sales for the third consecutive year.

    July 29, 2014

  • halo-5-guardians-concept_wallpaper-1920x1080-53cf9b0098ea45ada37dc0f66bc174f5.jpg The Art of Kong

    OTTUMWA — The Mona Lisa. Whistler's Mother. Donkey Kong? Don't be so surprised, said Walter Day, that video games and the surrounding memorabilia are being considered art. The creativity and artistic vision required to create a poster, said the found

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Slideshow: Truck overturns on roundabout

    July 28, 2014

  • 0729 OTT Picture veteran -T -M Veteran finally receives his medals OTTUMWA — A World War II injury may have saved the life of a U.S. Coast Guardsman from Iowa, but he lost friends and a box of military awards. Francis Hardy Harbour was born on Dec.16, 1919, in Drakesville. He joined the Coast Guard in 1941 as a mach

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Seasonal forecast Cool summer leading to cool fall? OTTUMWA — By late July, the average daytime high temperature starts to drop. What is normally the hottest part of the year is over. Averages are still in the mid-80s, and it certainly wouldn’t be out of the ordinary to see days in even the upper 90s.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • IHCC buildings.jpg Grant helps Hills keep students on track

    OTTUMWA — Thanks to a grant designed to improve graduation rates, Indian Hills Community College now has even more tools in its campuswide effort to help students with needs and give them the resources they need to stay in class. Indian Hills is one

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0728 OTT ribs in eldon BBQ dinner with a hundred friends

    ELDON --- This year's Eldon Rib Cook-off was won by three BBQ chefs --- and about 150 hungry visitors. "I was down here last year, too," said Dwayne Yates from Floris, who was biting into his third smoked rib. "I never had a bad one yet." That's what

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mediacom: Rural cable consumers and companies mistreated OTTUMWA --- You may want to add just a racing channel, a court channel or a nature channel to your cable line up. Unfortunately, you'll probably have to buy a "bundle," which, ironically, is what it will cost you here in Wapello County. That's accord

    July 26, 2014

  • Alternate juror could not have convicted Techel based on evidence DAVENPORT — An alternate juror who was dismissed before Seth Techel, 23, of Agency was convicted of killing his wife and the non-consensual termination of a human pregnancy says the verdict could have been different if she had been in deliberations.D

    July 25, 2014

Photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook