Re-routing zip codes a possibility in Chesterfield County

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – Chesterfield County is considering possible mailing address changes that could have a multi-million dollar impact. 

Faye Harding has received bills, deals, and well wishes in the mail, but if you only communicated through correspondence you wouldn't know she lives in Chesterfield. Different from what it says on paper.

"Richmond, VA 23234," said Faye Harding. "That's just the way it'd been set up. It's been that way for years."

Faye's not alone. Hundreds of Chesterfield residents are being misidentified. But it's much more than an image issue. Each year, about $2 million goes to surrounding areas like Petersburg or Richmond.

"This is primarily to collect sales taxes that vendors remit to the localities," said Jim Holland, Dale district supervisor.

Holland says the county has to get a hold of that money. County leaders will be talking with the community. Based on input, the board of supervisors will make a recommendation.

"Then we will, as a board, make a recommendation to the U.S. Postal Service and then they will survey. They will survey the citizens to gain their input as well," said Holland.

The U.S. Postal Service has the final say. The county says if approved, the earliest residents could see a change is the end of 2011.

"$2 million means 35 police officers, 50 teachers. Can you imagine not having to cut those jobs?" Holland asked.

With that, Faye Harding's in support, ready to rally her neighbors.

"I think they'd be pretty excited about it," she said.

The $2 million isn't going by the wayside. Each month, the county audits sales tax revenues, working to get as much of that money back in Chesterfield. Changing mailing addresses would definitely speed up the process.

Next week the county is set to talk zip codes. On Monday at 7 p.m. there will be a community meeting for Clover Hill district residents at Monacan High School. Then on Tuesday, Bermuda and Dale district residents will meet with county leaders at Meadowbrook High School at seven p.m. A new proposal will be presented at both meetings. 

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