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Some postal rates going up May 31 PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican

While the first-class postage rate of 49 cents (for first ounce) is staying the same price, several other United States Postal Service (USPS) rates are rising this Sunday.
May 31 is the official date for the latest postal increases, said Imperial Postmaster Barb Prottsman.
Here are the major changes:
The second ounce of first-class mail, going up from 21 to 22 cents.
First-class postcards, going up from 34 to 35 cents.
Metered first-class letters will increase from 48 to 48.5 cents.
Box fees at the Imperial Post Office will rise as follows:
#1 size (smallest) $48 to $50
#2 size $60 to $68
#3 size $112 to $114
#4 size $204 to $206
If within 30 days of its duedate, Prottsman said people who want to pay their post office box rent early will receive the current rate until Saturday.
Other post office services such as first class package rates, insurance, international priority mail and some fees for certified mail will also be increasing starting this Sunday, she said.
This latest change in rates was originally scheduled for April 26, but was delayed due to corrections mandated by the Postal Regulatory Commission.