The Postal Regulatory Commission released a list of more than 3,600 post offices that are being considered for closure.
Post offices on the closure list include Hye, Willow City, and Doss.
The stakeholders of the Hye Preservation Society scheduled a meeting on August 15 to determine if there was sufficient support to prevent the closure of the Hye Post Office and to map out a plan.
Thirty-six post offices located in Texas are included on the list of possible closures, including one each in Dallas, Irving, Lewisville and Arlington; two in Lubbock; four in Austin, El Paso and Houston; eight in Ft. Worth; and ten in San Antonio.
The General Accounting Office recently added the Postal Service to its list of troubled agencies, citing serious and significant financial challenges facing the agency with a potential $7 billion loss this fiscal year despite a 2 cent increase in the price of stamps in May, cuts in staff and removal of collection boxes.
As people and businesses have switched to email and private carrier services, the Postal Service’s mail volume fell by 9.5 billion pieces to a total of 203 billion pieces last year and is expected to drop by an additional 28 billion pieces this year.
Besides closing some post office locations, the Postal Service is considering other cost saving measures such as switching to five day a week delivery rather than its traditional six day delivery schedule.