By Hank Wiesner/Southern Sentinel
TIPLERSVILLE – The U. S. Postal Service will hold a public hearing Tuesday Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Tiplersville Auction to get local residents’ reaction to proposed federal plans to close the Tiplersville Post Office, sources said this week.
Post offices in Tiplersville and Dumas are on a list of 3,700 outlets the U. S. Postal Service wants to close, as the USPS struggles with declining revenues and mounting losses.
A public hearing in Dumas on Tuesday, Oct. 4 produced a turnout of over 50 residents opposed to the proposed closing of that post office.
The USPS didn’t indicate when it would finish its study of the proposed closures. Some may remain open. Some of the 1,400 outlets USPS earlier this year marked for closure have thus far avoided being shut.
Sixty-one of those sites are in Mississippi.
At Tiplersville – which is an unincorporated community — Postmaster Sue Wray declined comment.
Since the proposed closures would leave many communities without a post office, the U. S. Postal Service is considering partnering with retailers. The arrangement would be known as a Village Post Office, and it’s already operational in some places.
Mailings, other postal services and stamps would be offered under that arrangement.
Said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe: “Today, more than 35 percent of the Postal Service’s revenue comes from expanded access locations such as grocery stores, drug stores, office supply stores, retail chains, self-service kiosks ATMs, and ups.com open 24/7.
“Our customers’ habits have made it clear that they no longer require a physical post office to conduct most of their postal business.”
The USPS has had declining revenue for years, and last year lost $8 billion.