By W. Edward Clark
Mountain Communities – Mountain residents need to be aware that the United States Postal Service rate hike on several classes of mail takes effect on January 22.
The postage rate for a one-ounce stamped letter will increase from 47 cents to 49 cents. Priority Mail Express will increase 3. 4 percent. Priority Mail will increase 3.9 percent, and First-Class Package Services will increase 4.1 percent.
The postage price for one-ounce Metered First Class Letters will drop from 46.5 cents to 46 cents.
Residents in the mountain communities are encouraged to purchase the current 48-cent Forever Stamp before the 2017 rate hike goes into effect.
Forever stamps are good for first-class postage no matter what the U.S. Postal Commission sets as future rates.
For more information about the new rates or other postal information, visit UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE online