Chesterfield wants more options for mailing addresses

By Melissa Correa - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – During the board of supervisors meeting Tuesday afternoon, Chesterfield County unveiled its latest attempt to change some mailing address names.

There are eight zip codes in Chesterfield that stretch into Richmond, Petersburg and Colonial Heights.  50,000 homes and 4,200 businesses use those zip codes that don't reflect a Chesterfield mailing address.

Each year, up to $2 million in tax revenue is mistakenly sent to Richmond, Petersburg and Colonial Heights when it should be sent to Chesterfield. County employees spend the better part of a year locating and re-routing that money.

Three years ago, in an attempt to alleviate the problem with tax revenue the county approached the U.S. Postal Service about changing zip codes to reflect a Chesterfield, VA address. The Richmond Post Office denied the proposal, and in 2010 Chesterfield appealed to the national office of the USPS.

The proposal released to the media Tuesday, is the latest attempt to alleviate the problem. It is a compromise between Chesterfield County and the USPS. The proposal includes the option for people or businesses residing in zip codes: 23225, 23235, 23236, 23224, 23234 and 23237 to change their mailing address to North Chesterfield, VA rather than Richmond, VA or Bon Air, VA.

People or businesses located in zip codes: 23834 and 23803 would have the option to change their address to South Chesterfield, VA rather than Petersburg, VA or Colonial Heights, VA.

The proposal also states that the USPS has technology that would essentially forward tax revenue to Chesterfield County even if the mailing address for a Chesterfield home or business lists another jurisdiction.

Residents and businesses will not be required to change their mailing address. If they do, their postal carrier or post office will not change.

The county is meeting with affected businesses in February and will be reaching out to residents later.  County employees in charge of the proposal expect the options to be approved by the board of supervisors and the USPS. The changes are expected to take effect before the end of 2011.

If you need more information, call the Chesterfield County hotline set up for the mailing address modifications:  748-1211.

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