November 15, 2017

Kaine Writes Postmaster General In Support Of Unique Hillsboro Zip Code

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine sent a letter to Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer of the United States Postal Service (USPS) Megan Brennan in support of the Town of Hillsboro and its efforts to have USPS assign Hillsboro a unique ZIP code. Residents of Hillsboro have struggled for years to deal with confusion around the distinction between addresses in the Town of Hillsboro and the Town of Purcellville, with both locations sharing the same ZIP code. Today, Mayor Roger Vance submitted the town’s formal application.

In the letter, Kaine wrote, “Mayor Vance and his team have been diligent in their efforts to ensure this application is successful. This request will allow thousands of residents and businesses in the region to be identified with a unique Hillsboro ZIP. It will address the confusion that arises when residents in the Hillsboro region are identified as residents of the Town of Purcellville with respect to mortgage correspondence, for example, and for businesses who must clarify their location to their customers who use GPS devices that utilize ZIP codes.”

Hillsboro previously had a unique ZIP code but later lost that designation. Kaine’s office worked with Hillsboro Mayor Roger Vance  to ensure the application was complete by this deadline. Submitting today ensures that, if approved, the change would be effective July 1st, 2018. Designating the Town of Hillsboro with the its own ZIP code would not place new operational burdens on the Postal Service and would be consistent with the election precincts.

Full text of the letter is below:

Dear Postmaster General Brennan,

I write to share my support for the Town of Hillsboro’s request for a unique ZIP code (“20133”) that would apply to Hillsboro and the surrounding area in northwest Loudoun County, Virginia. Hillsboro is the only town in Loudoun that had a unique ZIP code but later lost that designation.  My office has worked with Hillsboro Mayor Roger Vance and his team to develop their request for the reestablishment of a unique ZIP code for Hillsboro and the surrounding area.

The code Hillsboro has proposed to use, 20133, is not used by any other jurisdiction. Hillsboro’s request will not place new operational burdens on the Postal Service (USPS), as all the mail in the region will continue to be sorted at the Purcellville USPS facility. The request aligns with the election precincts, an already established boundary alignment, and does not propose a new designation. If enacted, this proposal may also improve north-south delivery operations.

Mayor Vance and his team have been diligent in their efforts to ensure this application is successful. This request will allow thousands of residents and businesses in the region to be identified with a unique Hillsboro ZIP. It will address the confusion that arises when residents in the Hillsboro region are identified as residents of the Town of Purcellville with respect to mortgage correspondence, for example, and for businesses who must clarify their location to their customers who use GPS devices that utilize ZIP codes. I am also concerned that if this proposal is not approved, traffic management and emergency response issues may go unresolved.

I believe reinstating a unique Hillsboro ZIP would address all of these concerns. I urge you and your team to expedite your review of this request.

Sincerely,

Tim Kaine

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