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USPS to study Albany, Valdosta mail processing

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Iris Posey is disappointed to hear that the processing facility at Albany's main Post Office may be history.

"I knew that they had planned on cutting out some jobs, but I had I had no idea they were fixing to do that here in Albany," said Posey.

Thursday, the United States Postal Service released a list of more than 250 processing centers that could be shut down. 

The Postal Service will study the feasibility of combining the Albany center with operations in Jacksonville or Tallahassee.

"I think it would be a very terrible impact on Albany. This is one of the central locations for the processing. Where would our processing be? Jacksonville? Macon?," asked Posey.

Other Georgia processing centers on the potential closure list include those in Valdosta, Savannah, and Columbus.

USPS officials estimate they will save $3 billion a year by cutting these facilities.

35,000 employees will be affected nationwide.  Postal officials couldn't tell us how many people in Albany might lose their jobs.

"It's just sad man. It's sad. People need jobs. Sometimes people on higher levels forget people need jobs. Everybody needs a job to take care of their family," said Albany resident Chevy Smith.

Annual mail volume has declined by more than 43 billion pieces in the past five years. Some say advancement in technology is to blame.

"They're on the internet more. They're on their phones more and they're not sending stuff. They're paying bills on the internet, so it makes it harder for the post offices to survive," said Posey.

The study is expected to be completed early next year. 

The Postal Service will then hold public meetings to explain the proposed operational changes and potential impacts on service.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

Even when the economy fully recovers, the Postal Service does not expect mail volume to return to previous peak levels and is projecting annual deficits for the foreseeable future.

 

These GA postal facilities are also being looked at:

45 Acworth GA CSMPC Acworth GA
46 Albany GA CSMPC Albany GA
47 Athens GA P&DF Athens GA
48 Augusta GA P&DF Augusta GA
49 Cartersville GA CSMPC Cartersville GA
50 Columbus GA CSMPC Columbus GA
51 Douglasville GA CSMPC Douglasville GA
52 Marietta GA DDC Marietta GA
53 Savannah PO CSMPC Savannah GA
54 Savannah GA P&DF Savannah GA
55 Swainsboro GA CSMPC Swainsboro GA
56 Valdosta GA CSMPC Valdosta GA
57 Waycross GA CSMPC

 

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