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Post office raises stamp price Sunday

LAWRENCEVILLE - You'll be paying more to mail a letter in 2006.

The U.S. Postal Service will raise the price of first-class stamps to 39 cents beginning Sunday.

The 2-cent hike is the first increase since 2002 and helps carry out a federal law passed several years ago requiring the Postal Service to put $3.1 billion in an escrow account.

The Postal Service faces an October deadline to meet the requirement. The money will help the Postal Service fund improvements in technology and other areas.

The Postal Service Board of Governors in November approved a nearly 5.4 percent increase in rates and fees.

Postcard rates will go up by one penny to 24 cents.

Other rate and fee changes include:

•Priority mail and flat rate envelope $3.85 to $4.05

•Priority mail and flat rate box $7.70 to $8.10

•Express mail (1⁄2 pound) and flat rate envelope $13.65 to $14.40

•Express mail (over 1⁄2 pound and up to 2 pounds) $17.85 to $18.80

•Certified mail $2.30 to $2.40

•Money orders 90 cents to 95 cents

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