Tipton and Gardner Defend Rural Post Offices

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 7, 2011

Tipton and Gardner Defend Rural Post Offices

Washington, DC – Colorado Reps. Scott Tipton (CO-03) and Cory Gardner (CO-04) sent a letter to the Postal Regulatory Commission this week urging that consideration be given to ensure that rural post offices are not disproportionately targeted as the Postal Service seeks to restructure in order to survive in today’s competitive environment.

The letter, to Postal Regulatory Commission Chairwoman Ruth Goldway, pointed out that of the 71 offices slated for closure in Colorado, 61 are located within the Third and Fourth Congressional Districts—regions that are predominately rural.  Tipton and Gardner suggested that in restructuring, the Postal Service take a bottom-up approach that utilizes actual cost savings rather than a top-down approach focused on an arbitrary revenue figure.

 The Congressmen expressed several concerns about the impacts that the closures will have on rural businesses and communities, writing: “Our constituents are concerned that retail discontinuance of some of these post offices could negatively impact their own businesses, especially during these tough economic times.  Additionally, we are concerned that closing certain facilities will lead to costly and time-consuming commutes. Traveling to distant postal facilities in the 3rd and 4th Congressional Districts during winter months could be extremely difficult, expensive and dangerous. Some post offices that appear to be in geographic proximity are in reality not readily accessible.  Finally, some of these post offices that seem to service a proportionately small population are essential to the existence of small isolated communities. The potential effect of these closures should involve significant consideration of the individual or unique characteristics of the respective communities served.”

Read the full letter here.

The Post Office will be conducting public meetings in Colorado and Wyoming on the potential closures.  See the most current schedule.