Postage rates increase Jan. 27


The new USPS Forever stamp celebrating Alabama’s bicentennial features a photo taken by local photographer Joe Miller at sunset along Pulpit Rock Trail at Cheaha State Park. (See flickr.com/ photos/ outsideshot for a selection of his other photographs.) The image is one of several new stamp designs to be issued in 2019. The first-day-of-issue ceremony for the Alabama stamp will take place on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Constitution Hall Park in Huntsville, time TBD.

The new USPS Forever stamp celebrating Alabama’s bicentennial features a photo taken by local photographer Joe Miller at sunset along Pulpit Rock Trail at Cheaha State Park. (See flickr.com/ photos/ outsideshot for a selection of his other photographs.) The image is one of several new stamp designs to be issued in 2019. The first-day-of-issue ceremony for the Alabama stamp will take place on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Constitution Hall Park in Huntsville, time TBD.

The United States Postal Service has announced new postage rates to be implemented Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. Here are highlights of the increase.

• The first-class letter (1 oz.) rate will increase by five cents from 50 cents to 55 cents.

• Each additional ounce for a first-class letter will cost 15 cents, a decrease from 21 cents in 2018.

• First-class mail flats/large envelope rates are not increasing, remaining at one dollar for one ounce, with additional ounces costing 15 cents.

• Post card rates are not increasing, remaining at 35 cents.

• For customers who print postage online via Stamps.com, the metered mail rate will now be a five-cent discount compared to the post office price, with rates increasing to 50 cents from 47 cents currently. Each additional ounce for a first class letter will cost 15 cents in 2019, a decrease from 21 cents currently.

“The U. S. Postal Service is self-funded and does not receive tax dollars for operating expenses. It relies on the sale of postage, products, and services to fund its operations,” said post office communications specialist Debra Fetterly.