By: E&P Staff
Starting Aug. 1, the Huntsville (Ala.) Times will be raising subscription rates for the second time in less than three years.
Citing the high cost of gas and the rising price of plastic delivery bags for the paper’s independent delivery contractor, The Times will be raising subscription rates by a dollar across the board, the paper announced Monday.
“Since our last increase in November 2005, retail gasoline prices have risen more than $1.25 per gallon, and the price our independent contractors pay for plastic bags has increased as well,” Circulation Director Frank Maier said in a statement. “To continue reliable and consistent home delivery service, delivery contractors need some relief.”
Maier told E&P that under the new rates, a seven-day subscription to The Times would cost $13.70 per month, up from $12.70 per month. The November 2005 subscription increase raised the seven-day rate by 95 cents, up from $11.75 per month.
The rest of the subscription increases are as follows: a five-day subscription, formerly $7.95 per month, is now $8.95 per month. A Saturday-Sunday subscription is now $8.50 per month. A six-day subscription is now $10.20 per month, and a Sunday subscription is now
$7.25 per month.
The Times also raised its prices in July 2007, when it raised the newsstand price of the Sunday edition to $1.50 from $1.25.