Some rural post offices to close to help save costs

POSTED: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 5:19pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

COLLEGE STATION -- Whether you're getting surprise packages in the mail or just your every day bills. The U.S. Postal Service is something we all rely on, or is it?

Today, paper mail isn't what it used to be and the federal government is starting to take notice.

As new technologies are constantly being created and the internet is within arms reach, many don't go to the post office on a regular basis.

One customer, Carlos Morales said, "I would say today is probably the first time in a long time and that's only because we're changing addresses."

And the post office is starting to notice the decrease in business and is currently its in its greatest financial crisis ever.

Spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Service, Dionne Montague said, "The postmaster general has announced a number of initiatives that we will be pursing to try and fix our budget and our financial situation."

There are more than 3,600 post offices that may be closed down by next March, most in rural areas, and not everyone is happy about it.

"Oh, it would cause a huge uproar. I mean there are so many people there that are dependent upon it and it's a big part of the town, being as there's not much to the town to begin with," said Jimmy Tillman.

"We will have a village post office inside an already existing business, inside a third party business, that will maintain the community's identity with the town and the existing zip code," said Montague.

The post office says they're just trying to keep up with the times since technology is constantly changing.

About 35 percent of it's business now comes from the internet.

And Morales said that's what he mainly uses, "To be honest with you i can't remember the last time i mailed a bill because we do everything online, you know we email each other whether it's at home or at work. you know, email is the way to do it really."

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