|The U.S. Postal Service has announced plans to close Tucson’s Cherrybell mail processing center. Currently, Cherrybell processes an estimated 3.2 million pieces of mail a day, 6 days a week. Under the new plan, all Tucson mail would be trucked to Phoenix for processing, Tucson would lose its historic postmark, and First-Class Mail that now takes one day to get across town would take two to three days. At least 300 local jobs would be lost.
Mayor and Council voted 6-0, with one Council Member absent, to oppose closure. Closing Cherrybell would be devastating for local businesses and non-profits. Along with closure would come a 4.3 cent increase in postal rates for standard mail to 856/857 zip codes – almost a 20% increase for businesses and almost a 50% increase for non-profits!
Closing Cherrybell would have a ripple effect as mail houses, printers, advertising agencies and other businesses that rely on cost-effective, timely mail delivery must absorb rate increases, put up with service delays, or consider moving to Phoenix.
Please write the Postal Service by January 12th and let them know to keep Cherrybell open to keep Tucson competitive. You can read my letter here. Thank you to Congressman Grijalva, Congresswoman Giffords, Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez, the entire Tucson City Council, particularly Council Member Fimbres for bringing the motion to oppose closure, and Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce CEO Mike Varney for their strong opposition to this proposal.
Please write, on or before January 12, 2012, to:
Manager, Consumer & Industry Contact
P.O. Box 21628
Phoenix, AZ 85036-1628