Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Stamp Cost Increasing to 34 Cents on Sunday

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Stamp Cost Increasing to 34 Cents on Sunday

Article excerpt

WASHINGTON -- The cost of mailing a letter goes up a penny on Sunday, to 34 cents.

The new postage rates -- which include a multitude of changes for various types of mail -- have been in preparation for a year.

But it's the first-class rate that's used by the public and gets the most attention.

Spokesman Don Smeraldi said the agency has sent an avalanche of stamps to its 38,000 offices across the country, shipping 4 billion 1-cent stamps to help people use up their leftover stocks of 33-cent stamps.

In addition, some 7.6 billion stamps worth 34 cents each went on sale Dec. 15. Because they had to be printed in advance, these stamps do not show a price on them.

The three stamp designs feature the Statue of Liberty, flowers and a flag flying over a farm.

There is no formal grace period but postal officials say that "mail in the system" when the change takes place will be handled. For example, a letter dropped in a mailbox tomorrow with a 33-cent stamp -- but not picked up and postmarked until Monday -- should be delivered. …

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