DATE: September 28, 2011
MEDIA CONTACT: Kimberly Maroe, Public Information Manager
Broward County Board of County Commissioners
Broward County Commissioners want to save the Broward County postmark, prevent hundreds of lay-offs and ensure that mail is processed locally.
Commissioners on Tuesday, September 27, unanimously passed a resolution opposing the closure of the Pembroke Pines and Fort Lauderdale U.S. Postal Processing Centers.
The Postal Service is studying the closures and consolidations of 252 post offices nationwide in an effort save $3 billion a year. The Fort Lauderdale and Pembroke Pines facilities are among those on the chopping block.
“This means that mail sent from Broward County to a local address could take up to three or more days to arrive. Legal documents, such as tax documents facing postmark deadlines will be jeopardized and the delivery and processing of absentee ballots and voter information could face lengthy delays as mail volume increases during these periods,” said Commissioner Barbara Sharief, who sponsored the resolution.
“Mail service will be slow, people will lose their jobs adding to unemployment and the Broward postmark will be history, literally,” said Broward County Mayor Sue Gunzburger, who co-sponsored the resolution.
The resolution will be delivered to the Broward Congressional Delegation and to the U.S. Postal Service. It is also attached, below.