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Washington, DC — The price of “Forever Stamps” is set to increase early next year.

The U.S. Postal Service has announced plans to increase the cost of first class stamps by two cents, to 46 cents.

The Associated Press reports that the U.S. Postal Service lost $3.8 billion last year, despite reducing the workforce by 40,000 employees. The rate increase, which is scheduled to go into effect January 2nd, would raise an estimated $2.5 billion. It still must receive final approval by an independent Postal Regulatory Commission.

In Tuolumne County, there are Post Office locations in Sonora, Columbia, Jamestown, Standard, Tuolumne, Twain Harte, Chinese Camp, Mi Wuk Village, Moccasin, Groveland and Big Oak Flat.

In Calaveras County, there are Post Office locations in Vallecito, Angels Camp, Murphys, Altaville, Hathaway Pines, Avery, Long Barn, San Andreas Copperopolis, Valley Springs and Mountain Ranch.

Written by bjhansen@mlode.com.

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