County Supervisors Demand Facts in Eureka Mail Processing Center Consolidation

News Channel 3 - The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors is requesting the U.S. Postal Service to provide hard facts showing how the closing of the city’s mail processing center would save money.

The board will vote Tuesday to send the letter asking for a financial breakdown of any cost-savings related to consolidating the Eureka Mail Processing Facility with Medford.

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