Chesterfield appeals zip code changes

By Melissa Correa - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - It may seem like a simple switch, but changing some mailing addresses to read Chesterfield, is proving difficult for the county.

The decision isn't signed, sealed and delivered just yet. Right now Chesterfield County is appealing a decision to change certain mailing codes.

A seal of approval from national post office headquarters would change zip codes in northeast Chesterfield.  Just two months ago, the Richmond office shot down the proposal. When it comes to a zip switch, Susan O'Neil, a Bon Air resident, says send 'em her way.

"I think it's great," O'Neil said. "Glad we're getting behind something."

One half of the proposal asks to combine three Bon Air zip codes into one large area: 23235

"We all like living in this area and want to keep our money in Chesterfield County so we'd like to have a county zip code," she said.

Each year Chesterfield loses $2 million in tax revenue to neighboring localities which share some of the zip codes. It takes all year to recover the funds. The money and the hassle have Daniel McDaniel offering his support.

"It's a city address but I get my mail through Chesterfield County so it's really confusing," said Daniel McDaniel.

He lives in 23234 which is shared by Chesterfield and Richmond. The second part of the proposal asks that these four zip codes go by the name Chesterfield, Virginia. It's that request that fueled the denial.

The reason the proposal was shot down: there's already a Chesterfield Post Office. Creating another one, with the exact same name, would complicate things logistically.

Henrico County recently changed it's zip codes. But a Henrico Post Office didn't exist, so problems concerning employees and a post master never happened.

But Chesterfield is appealing, hoping decision-makers see the value in re-organizing the mail.

A decision from Washington DC is expected next month. If that decision is no, county leaders say they will go back to the drawing board.

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