The loss of 400 postal jobs and the resulting loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars in local sales tax revenue are among the reasons the Macoupin County Board has passed a resolution officially opposing the plan by the United States Postal Service to close the Springfield Postal Facility. The word of the possible closure comes as part of an overall plan by the postal service to trim its budget, as it has been operating in the red and needs a find a way to stay solvent.
Also factoring into the resolution is the possible loss of efficiency. Macoupin County Board Chairman Andy Manar says closing the facility makes no sense to him.
The facility serves nearly two-thirds of the townships in the county, as far south as Shipman, and all with a zip code starting with "626." In August, the Macoupin County Board also adopted a resolution opposing the closure of six post offices in Scottville, Eagarville, Hettick, Piasa, Sawyerville, and Nilwood, all of which are located in the County.