MOUNT VERNON — The price of sending mail is going up again.

Starting Sunday at 12:01 a.m., the price of sending a first-class mail letters (up to 1 ounce) will increase from 50 cents to 55 and the cost of other forms of mail will also be higher.

According to a spokesperson for the Mount Vernon Postal Service, the prices of mailing services products are based on the Consumer Price Index and shipping services products are adjusted according to market conditions, while reflecting the need to maintain affordable services. The cost to serve is increasing in areas such as transportation and healthcare and, therefore necessitates an increase in postage, the spokesperson said.

Forever stamps can still be used without additional postage, but the purchase price of forever stamps will increase by five cents per stamp. Other, older stamps can still be used, but the amount of postage will need to be at least 55 cents.

More information about increases on specifically-sized packages can be found at


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