Stamps Up 2 Cents Monday

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Mailing your 2 cents is going to cost you an additional 2 cents.

Increased postage rates, including a bump up of stamp prices, from 39 cents to 41 cents, will take effect Monday.

The increased cost is a reflection of the rising operating costs within the U.S. Postal Service and an effort by the postal service to keep overall postage rates as low as possible, said interim Postmaster Joe Davila.

"The cost of doing business has gone up," he said. "(Increasing) gas prices are a prime example."

The post office has issued 2-cent stamps to prevent old stamps from becoming obsolete. The postal service has also issued a "forever stamp," which costs 41 cents and will remain effective, despite any postage rate increases in the future.

"If the rate goes up in a year or two, they will be good forever," Davila said.

Automatic postage machines, as well as ATMs, are being re-stocked with postage at the appropriate rates, Davila said.

Other price increases include postcard postage from 24 cents to 26 cents, fixed-rate packages to $8.95 and first-class packages to $1.13 for the first ounce and 17 cents for each additional ounce.

The last postage increase came in January 2006, when stamps increased by 2 cents, from 37 to 39 cents. The increase before that, came in June 2002.

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