Tuesday, October 21, 2014

No Wonder They Are Broke

From the Kingman Daily Miner: Linda Bennett lives on a fixed income in a poor neighborhood and doesn't want to change her post office box from downtown Kingman to the main post office on Johnson Avenue.
With her service dog at her side, she spoke to the Mohave County Board of Supervisors Monday in support of a resolution opposing the U.S. Postal Service's decision to close the downtown Kingman post office effective Dec. 31.
The board passed the resolution 5-0.
"I heard it's political, not really the economics of it," Bennett said during the public comment period. "The main post office does not have enough boxes to cover us."
USPS announced earlier this month it would close the contract postal unit at 229 E. Andy Devine Ave. and is "committed to identifying a more affordable downtown location in an existing business."
However, the new contract is for retail services only and would not replace more than 800 post office boxes at the current location.
Bill Shilling, grant administrator for the city of Kingman, thinks the post office should be part of downtown revitalization efforts. It's been a community mainstay since 1935.
He said the downtown post office generates an average of $225,000 annual revenue for the U.S. Postal Service and is used by the County Assessor's Office,
Mohave County Sheriff's Office, Kingman Chamber of Commerce and Arizona Department of Transportation, along with many downtown businesses.
Supervisor Gary Watson said he read where the U.S. Postal Service started Sunday delivery service for Amazon, yet it wants to close a profitable operation in Kingman.
"Probably has to do with unions," he said.

So, you are going to close down a post office that is profitable when most of the rest of the USPS is not?
No wonder why they are going broke.

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