COVINGTON -- The proposed ZIP code change in east Newton has been rejected by residents.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Service said late Friday afternoon that the vote was 269-51 against a change from the Social Circle 30025 ZIP code to Covington's 30014.
More than 600 addresses, mostly residential, would have been affected by the change, which officials have said was requested by Baxter International, set to locate in Stanton Springs.
But residents in the area said it would mean a major inconvenience for them, as they would have to change their addresses on their driver's licenses and utility and other accounts. At a town hall meeting in late March, about 60 residents attended and the majority spoke in opposition to the change.
It was ultimately their decision, and the Postal Service sent ballots out in mid-March. The ballots had to be postmarked by April 11 to be counted.
Had the change been approved, it would have gone into effect July 1.
District 1 Commissioner John Douglas, who represents the affected area, has said officials asked the Postal Service if Baxter could be assigned a Covington ZIP without affecting the surrounding area or have its own unique ZIP, but that was rejected by the district postmaster.
Neither Douglas nor Board of Commissioners Chairman Keith Ellis could be reached for comment late Friday.