UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am
WACO -- The US Postal Service is having to overcome now what many Americans dealt with at the fall of the economy: living beyond their means.
And now in an attempt to ensure their books stay in the black for the next 30 years, drastic steps are having to be taken.
The presentation Thursday night explained,"the postal service must adjust its mail processing network to evolve as our nations mailing habits change."
The Postal Service is evaluating whether or not to close the Waco processing and distribution facility and relocating it to Austin. A process they are considering throughout the country, which will decrease their facilities from 487 to about 200.
"So I'll ask you to reconsider your particular idea of closing this particular center," one Waco citizen said to post office managers.
Which is causing great concern for Waco businesses and US Postal Service employees and customers and Waco Judge Rex Davis pointed out to consider the fragile state of the economy.
"I'm selfish what they do for this economy and multiplier effect in this area," Davis said.
The effects of closing the facility would lead the Postal Service to ask that mail be delivered within 2 or 3 days, instead of the usual 1 in Metropolitan areas; causing concern for time sensitive bills and medications.
"He receives his life saving medications through the mail, and you tell me it's only 2 days, 3 days late, who knows exactly how long it's going to be late, and you're not doing the processing work," one Waco citizen said, expressing her concern for her father-in-laws diabetes medication.
In terms of jobs, the Postal Service says they'll relocate Waco employees to Austin. But a look at the numbers indicates 83 Waco employees will be left without a job, which they say may have to be relieved through layoffs.
"We do not want to layoff any employees, but because it may become an option we need to have at some point, we are seeking the authority to do so," postal service district manager William Mitchell said.
But the one thing that won't change is the declining use of first class mail.
"The sobering reality is the first class mail volumes will not return. More and more people are using electronic means to communicate and pay bills," Mitchell said.