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USPS may reduce hours for post offices set to close

(Toledo News Now) - The new plan for dozens of local post offices that had been slated to close is to reduce hours instead.

Although people are increasingly using e-mail and online payments for bills, most still want the convenience of a local post office.

When the United States Postal Service announced plans to close nearly 4,000 low-revenue post offices, community opposition was strong.

That backlash led the Postal Service to back down. On Wednesday, it announced a plan giving communities options to keep their post office open, but with reduced hours of operation. Communities could also opt to close a local post office, but keep one nearby open full-time.

The move impacts dozens of local post offices, including those in Cygnet, Put-in-Bay, Stony Ridge, Portage, Deschler and Harbor View.

Postal customers said it is good news.

The financially struggling Postal Service said it would save a half billion dollars per year under the plan, mostly by replacing full-time postmasters with part-time employees.

The Postal Service still needs congressional approval, as well as a separate cost-cutting plan that would eliminate Saturday mail delivery.

Meanwhile, the future of urban post offices, such as Toledo's Point Place and Manhattan branches, remains up in the air.

Click here to see a list of post offices affected by the plan.

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