The Arizona Democratic Party’s state committee approved a resolution in opposition to the U.S. Postal Service’s proposed closure of the Tucson Processing and Distribution Center at 1501 S. Cherrybell Stravenue in Tucson. In addition, the resolution supports Congressional efforts to expand the criteria for considering closure, and prohibits the closure if it would result in an undue burden on a class of individuals.
The U.S. Postal Service plans to consolidate the Tucson operations with the Phoenix Processing and Distribution Center.
The Tucson Processing and Distribution Center serves 1.8 million citizens and 23,197 businesses in southern Arizona. Its closure would mean the direct loss of 310 postal jobs at the facility and the loss of an additional 120 indirect and induced jobs. The closure would create a loss of more than $30 million in economic activity in southern Arizona and the loss of $4.8 million in tax revenues for federal, state and local governments.
The resolution points out that the Pima County Recorder’s office is one of the largest customer of the postal services in Pima County sending out over one million pieces of mail in election years. Having a facility in Phoenix process all of southern Arizona’s mail will also cause delays in the return of ballots including those of the Tohono O’odham Nation.
The Arizona Democratic Party will transmit a copy of the resolution to all members of the Arizona Democratic Congressional Delegation. The party’s winter state committee meeting was held Jan. 23rd in Kingman.