Zip Code Change Meeting at Clover Hil...

Zip Code Change Meeting at Clover Hill District - wtvr

There are 8 comments on the WTVR story from Jan 25, 2010, titled Zip Code Change Meeting at Clover Hill District - wtvr. In it, WTVR reports that:

If you live south of the river, your address could soon be changing. Chesterfield leaders are considering a zip code change, because they say the county is losing millions of dollars in tax revenue to Richmond and other nearby cities.

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Rodney Clarke

Glen Allen, VA

#1 Jan 26, 2010
I live in 23235 Zip code and suggest the name should be "Chesterfield". That is the county that we are paying taxes too. The name "Chesterfield" should be able to suport many different zip codes.
klnr1

Mobile, AL

#2 Jan 26, 2010
Since when did ZIP codes define such things as where taxes are paid? They have been around for years and all of a sudden they determine this? I live in 23236 and want it to stay as is.
Bill Garvey

Glen Allen, VA

#3 Jan 26, 2010
The issue appears to be this:

When a out of state (or potentially in-state for that matter) needs to remit the taxes it has collected for Virginia, it also has to state the locality for which the purchase was made. The most common way a business does this is via the Zip Code.

Since 23236 shows up from the Post Office as "Richmond", the merchant lumps in the payment to Virginia/Richmond.

By making the primary postal designation for 23236 as "Clover Hill", the state would know to funnel that money to Chesterfield. Richmond would then be a secondary designation for 23236.

Residents and businesses could still use the "Richmond" moniker if they prefer, but the money makes it back to the county as it should.

Other reasons cited for the change (as professed by citizens at previous "town hall" meetings):
- community identity
- potentially lower insurance premiums
- higher property value (i.e. Chesterfield having a better brand name than Richmond, Petersburg, Colonial Heights).

This has been implemented in Henrico in recent years, and the feedback from Henrico has been overwhelmingly positive. This information was presented by the county, but I also talked with some folks today who are from Henrico, and they described it as seemless.

Unfortunately, reusing an existing zip code name (i.e. Chester, Chesterfield, Midlothian) or prefixing (i.e. North Chesterfield), would not be acceptable to the post office as it would require expensive restructuring, could cause confusion, etc.

As a citizen of 23236, I attended last night's event, and found it to be very informative, although I felt the tone of some of the questions went beyond appropriate decorum.
dpf61

Leesburg, VA

#4 Jan 26, 2010
I agree with Rodney. I pay taxes to Chesterfield and feel my zip code 23234 should be Chesterfield and not Richmond.
not a teahead

Atlanta, GA

#5 Jan 26, 2010
dpf61 wrote:
I agree with Rodney. I pay taxes to Chesterfield and feel my zip code 23234 should be Chesterfield and not Richmond.
What difference does it make, it won't solve your budget crunch.
Fred Jorden

United States

#6 Jan 26, 2010
I favor the proposed changes.
It seems to me that there were some folks at the meeting who wanted to torpedo the change. And some of them were just rude.
I doubt a Chesterfield resident would act that way.
srb01

Colonial Heights, VA

#7 Jan 26, 2010
How would you prove that changing a locations' name would increase the property value?
Chester

Glen Allen, VA

#8 Jan 26, 2010
I live in the 23237 area. I understand how Chesterfield wants to keep it's revenue away from the city of Richmond, it is a known fact that the city is no better or even much worse at handling their money than Chesterfield is, but what I do oppose is the suggestion of changing my mailing address from Richmond Virginia to Dale Virginia. I live in Chesterfield. I don't want to have to explain to everyone where this imaginary Dale Virginia is located. Just let my address be either Chesterfield or Chester. I honestly don't care how my mail gets to me, as long as it does.

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