Local post offices slower than usual for April 15 tax deadline

Published 7:58 am Friday, April 16, 2010

Carrsville Postmaster Debbie Felts didn’t expect lines for Thursday’s tax filing deadline, but neither did Franklin Postmaster Terri Brooks.

Lines at the post office aren’t common in Carrsville, which serves a population of less than 1,300.

“We call ourselves Walton’s Mountain,” Felts said. “We’re small, laid back and there’s no stress. It’s nice. It’s a blessing to be here.”

The post office in Franklin, which has more than three times the population of Carrsville, used to have lines of people on tax day, but the Internet has changed that.

“It seems in the last five years, it’s been down a lot because people have e-filed,” Brooks said.

The more than 100 post offices in the Hampton Roads area expected to postmark an additional 100,000 pieces of mail today due to the tax deadline, said U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman Fran Sansone.

The main post office in Norfolk remained open until 10 p.m. to postmark returns and in Richmond, the post office was open until midnight.

The Postal Service in recent years has cut back on extending hours on April 15 because more people are filing taxes on the Internet, Sansone said.

“I know we’ve seen a drop in filing by mail,” she said.

Brooks, who used to work at the post office in Chesapeake before coming to Franklin, remembers lines that extended onto the street.

“It’s down a lot,” she said.

The post office in Franklin was operating normal hours on Thursday. It was open until 5 p.m.