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Pandora post office to stay open
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has announced that Wilson County will not suffer post office closures, according to a May 10 press release from the office of U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar. Previously, the USPS had announced that it would close many of its smallest post offices, including the Pandora post office. These closures would have meant that residents would have had to undergo the inconvenience of traveling far from their homes to visit a post office.
USPS announced that it will implement a new strategy that will enable it to cut costs without closing these post offices.
In 2011, approximately 3,700 post offices nationwide were targeted for closures by the USPS due to USPS’s financial struggles. In Texas, 200 post offices were considered for closure, including 11 in Cuellar’s congressional district. All 11 of these post offices will remain open.
The strategy USPS announced would be implemented in a two-year multi-phased approach and, once completed, is projected to save the Postal Service a half billion dollars annually. The plan would enable USPS to achieve sufficient cost savings to move toward financial stability without shutting the doors on post offices serving rural areas.
The Postal Service will allow the Postal Regulatory Commission to review the plan prior to implementing changes and will also hold community meetings to review the options. Communities will be notified of the date, time, and location of the meetings by mail.
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