Posted: Feb 6, 2013 3:40 PM by Olivia LaBorde
Updated: Feb 6, 2013 3:40 PM
BATON ROUGE- The cash-strapped postal service is scaling back delivery as it tries to fill a budget hole.
Starting at the beginning of August, Saturday letter delivery will be a thing of the past. The U.S. Postal Service says the cut will save nearly $2 billion dollars a year.
"I've never known it to not get mail on Saturday's it's always been there forever," says Barbera Garrene.
For Barbara Garrene, receiving letters, was one of the highlights of her Saturday
"It's a routine, it's like Christmas. You know, you look forward to it," she says.
USPS has been borrowing money from the federal government since 2006 to stay afloat and has exhausted a $15 billion line of credit from the U.S. treasury.
"I usually don't get any mail except for junk mail anyways. So another day saves some money," says Dana Resnick.
Saturday letter service won't end until the beginning of August and package delivery will continue indefinitely.
This change comes after a steep drop in letter traffic according to postal officials. Representatives say they can no longer bear the financial strain of a service so many people just don't use anymore.
"Mainly I send emails I get emails Christmas cards and that's about it," says Resnick.
Post Office officials tell News 2 they don't plan to lay anybody off, and market research says nearly 70% of Americans don't have a problem with losing Saturday letter delivery.
But for some, it's the end of an era.
"What's our country coming to? We need Paul Revere I guess," says Garrene.
Post offices open six days a week will remain in service on Saturday.