Background-Late last year, the U.S. Commerce Department imposed tariffs of 30% on newsprint in response to claims by North Pacific Paper Company, a single paper mill operating in the Pacific northwest, owned by a New York based equity company. The rest of the U.S. paper industry opposes the tariffs.
Because of the 30% increase in the cost of paper we have no choice but to raise our rates. We held off as long as we could in hopes of a reversal of the decision.
Paper is not the only expense in producing a newspaper. But this means an immediate 10% increase in costs. Newsprint is still being purchased from the same companies, it just costs 30% more now.
We have to make the following changes effective August 2:
The single copy price will be $1.25
Out of state subscriptions will increase to $45
In state subscriptions will increase to $39.
We are lowering the cost of an on-line subscription to just $18.
All print subscribers have on-line privileges, contact us for information on how to start.
An appeal is scheduled for July 17th before the International Trade Commission.