Sunday, January 10, 1999

Give them an 'H' for postage hike

New 33-cent stamp needed today

The Cincinnati Enquirer

[one-cent stamp]
One-cent 'H' stamp can be added to your 32-cent stamps
[33-cent stamp]
The transitional 33-cent 'H' stamp
        MASON — If you don't want “Return to Sender” slapped on your mail, don't forget to slap on an extra cent of postage today.

        For the first time since 1995, the U.S. Postal Service is increasing the postal rate for first-class letters.

        Postage for letters under 1 ounce will now require 33 cents instead of 32 cents.

        “Everything goes up eventually and we haven't had an increase in a while,” said Roxanne Miller, a postal clerk at the Mason post office.

        The increase is accompanied by a drop in prices for postage on letters weighing more than an ounce. Prices for such mail will drop a penny, to 22 cents per ounce for each ounce after the first.

        Postal stations across the country have been put up signs telling customers of the change.

        The postal service has also issued an “H” stamp as a transitional postage stamp until 33-cent stamps are readily available.

        Postal stations are also offering 1-cent stamps, which have been selling briskly.

        “We have sold thousands of the 1-cent stamps and H stamps,” said Ms. Miller.

        Postcard postage costs are also increasing by a penny, up to 21 cents. Priority mail will be increased by 20 cents, to $3.20 for up to 5 pounds.

        Express mail up to 8 ounces will cost $11.75 — a $1 increase. Express mail up to 2 pounds can be sent for $15.75 — a 75-cent increase.


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