3 Arizona post-office locations on short list for possible closure

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PHOENIX -- Amid budget woes, the U.S. Postal Service is looking at closing or combining hundreds of facilities throughout the country, including some here in Arizona.

3 Arizona locations on list

U.S. Postal Service looking at closing Arizona offices - Amid budget woes, the U.S. Postal Service is looking to close hundreds of offices across the country, including some right here in Arizona.

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A top postal official says managers will be studying the approximately 3,200 stations and branches across the country. The three Arizona offices on the short list for closure are the Phoenix McDowell office, the Scottsdale Papago retail location and Tucson Midtown.

They'll be considering factors such as customer access, impact on workers, real estate values and long-term Postal Service needs.

The proposed changes come as people turn increasingly to the Internet to communicate and pay bills. Last year, mail volume fell by 9.5 billion pieces. That loss in volume is expected to nearly triple this year.

But, at the same time, population growth and new business mean the post office has to serve 1.2 million new addresses every year.

While Congress votes money for free mail delivery for the blind and to offer reduced rates to charities, the post office does not receive taxpayer funds for its operations.

The post office says no changes are expected before the end of the current fiscal year on Sept. 30.

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