(WICHITA, Kan.) — The U.S. Postal Service holds meetings this week on studies to consolidate mail processing operations in Kansas.
The agency is looking to consolidate mail processing from Salina, Hutchinson, Dodge City to Wichita, Liberal to Amarillo, TX, and from Topeka to Kansas City. Officials say the moves could save millions of dollars a year as the postal service continues to deal with money trouble.
According to summaries from the USPS, the consolidations would save more than $10 million a year, but would also cost dozens of jobs in Kansas.
Estimated savings of USPS processing consolidations:
- Hutchinson: $687,793 a year - reduction of nine jobs
- Liberal: $258,186 a year - reduction of three jobs
- Salina: $1,010,154 a year - reduction of three jobs
- Dodge City: $1,225,659 a year - reduction of seven jobs
- Topeka: $7,089,209 a year - reduction of 80 jobs
- Hays: $350,741 a year - no jobs affected
Public meetings have already happened in Topeka and Liberal, three more are planned this week in Dodge City, Salina and Hutchinson. Officials with the U.S. Postal Service still must approve the consolidations, and say public input will be taken into account.