The United States Post Office announced it will cut all first class mail deliveries on Saturdays, starting August 5th.
First class mail, such as letters and magazines, will be reduced to fives times a week deliveries. However, packages, mail order medicines, and priority and express shipments will still be delivered six days a week, including Saturdays.
"We have to act quickly to reduce the cost to prevent continued financial uncertainty within our system," said Postal Spokesman Sam Bolen.
The sweeping change was made after years of the USPS trying to get the federal government to help, but Bolen said it is just the first step on the road to recovery.
"We continue to seek legislation to provide us with greater flexibility to control our costs and generate new revenue. We have a couple of other programs in the works too," said Bolen.
Wichita Falls Postmaster John Pezzano said cutting Saturday deliveries does not mean workers will be laid off. In fact, he said the agency is currently hiring 12 full time positions, without benefits.