ADA — Beginning today, the United States Postal Service will increase its rates of service to fulfill a law that was passed in 2003.

According to the USPS, the price to mail a 1 oz. first-class letter will increase from 37 cents to 39 cents, while mailing a 1 lb. priority mail package will increase from $3.85 to $4.05.

The increase is based on a federal law that was passed in 2003, which mandates the USPS to place $3.1 billion in an escrow account before Oct. 1, 2006.

The rate increase however, doesn't seem to bother local residents.

"Well, if they have to do that, we have no choice," Ruby Allen said of the increase, with Doris Sundquist echoing the same feeling.

"We need the stamps, and if that's what they want to do, we don't have a choice," she said.

The last time rates were increased for a first-class stamp was on June 30, 2002, when the price rose from 34 cents to 37 cents.