SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) - Whether the Unites States Postal Service will stop delivering letters on Saturday’s is still in question.
President Obama is set to sign a short-term funding plan that would require the USPS to continue Saturday distribution.
The question now, is distribution of what?
The USPS is debating whether it needs to deliver letters, or if delivering just packages will be enough.
Currently, the USPS is struggling with the fact that more people are paying bills and writing letters online. Fewer letters means fewer stamps and less profit.
“We want to make very clear the postal service does not receive tax dollars. We make our way based on postage, services that we sell at the post office,” said Postal Service Manager of Public Affairs and Communications Maureen Marion.
Marion said that at the peak of business in 2006, the USPS processed and delivered 212 billion pieces of mail. Last year, that number was down to 160 billion, although package deliveries were up 14% thanks in large part to online shopping.
Cutting Saturday delivery of letters, but not packages, could help save an estimated 2-billion dollars, as long as it is allowed by the Federal government.
“It's probably premature to even say what it is we can do but there are differing options on what fulfills the spirit and intent of the resolution and we will explore the options, said Marion.
The postal service had planned to drop to five days of mail distribution while maintaining six-day delivery of parcels beginning in August.