For some Yorkers, it's a good thing the U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays this summer.
"That's the day I always forget to check the mail anyway," said Carl Hershfelder, a 73-year-old York Township resident.
The Postal Service on Wednesday announced plans to implement a new delivery schedule, beginning the week of Aug. 5. Though package delivery will continue on Saturdays, regular mail delivery will occur Monday through Friday only.
The change is expected to save $2 billion a year, according to the cash-strapped Postal Service.
Once implemented in August, it will mean a few changes for customers:
-Mail will be delivered to street addresses Monday through Friday.
-Mail will continue to be delivered to post office boxes on Saturdays.
-Packages will continue to be delivered six days a week.
-Post offices currently open on Saturdays will remain open on Saturdays, during which time customers will be able to send mail, purchase stamps and more.
The Postal Service announced the changes six months in advance to give residents and business customers time to adjust, according to an agency news release.
"It doesn't bother me," said Maggie Simonton, a 34-year-old stay-at-home mom from Spring Garden Township. "Saturdays are always busy in our family, with sports and lessons, so the mail usually sits until I remember it on Monday."
But some local residents are concerned about what the delivery change could mean for paying their bills.
According to the Postal Service proposal, mail will not be picked up and processed until Monday when the plan is implemented, said spokesman Ray Daiutolo.
So, if you're used to mailing a bill on Friday and having it arrive by Monday, that may no longer be the case.
There will be no collection, and mail will not move on Saturdays, Daiutolo said.
"I understand the mail processing aspects are being worked out. As more of those details become available, we will share them," he said.
For 63-year-old West York resident Gene King, it may mean some extra planning.
"If I have a bill due on a Monday, I guess I will have to mail it Wednesday or Thursday, maybe sooner depending on where it's going," he said.
The Postal Service will publish specific guidance in the near future for residential and business customers about its new delivery schedule, according to a news release from the agency.
Amanda Stetler, a 22-year-old York City resident, said she didn't anticipate the changes to have much of an impact on her life.
"I pretty much pay all my bills online anyway, and I really don't mail any cards or letters," she said.
Even after Wednesday's announcement, the Postal Service continues to seek additional financial relief. The agency has been working to fill a $15.9 billion budget deficit, reducing the size of its workforce by 28 percent, consolidating 200 mail processing locations and cutting back hours at several post offices across the country - including 12 in York County.
The Postal Service, which receives no tax money, continues to ask for legislative change. It's biggest expense is mandatory costs for future health benefits, which added up to $11.1 billion of the agency's losses.
Those health payments are a requirement imposed by Congress in 2006, forcing the Postal Service to set aside $55 billion to cover future medical costs.
"The Postal Services plans to issue a revised, comprehensive five-year financial plan in early March. This plan will identify important cost reduction activities and steps to restore the Postal Service to long-term financial stability," Daiutolo said.
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