A-9027, APRIL 22, 1925, 4 COMP. GEN. 884

A-9027: Apr 22, 1925

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THAT IS TO SAY. THE INCREASE AT THE RATE OF $15 PER ANNUM IS TO BE PAID ONLY ON EACH MILE OF THE ROUTE IN EXCESS OF 48 MILES. 1925: I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF APRIL 6. IN ADDITION THERETO $15 A MILE FOR EACH MILE OR MAJOR FRACTION OF A MILE THE ROUTE IS IN EXCESS OF 24 MILES IN LENGTH. IT IS THEN PROVIDED AS FOLLOWS: * * * EACH RURAL CARRIER ASSIGNED TO A ROUTE ON WHICH DAILY SERVICE IS PERFORMED SHALL RECEIVE $30 PER MILE PER ANNUM FOR EACH MILE SAID ROUTE IS IN EXCESS OF TWENTY-FOUR MILES OR MAJOR FRACTION THEREOF. EACH RURAL CARRIER ASSIGNED TO A ROUTE ON WHICH TRIWEEKLY SERVICE IS PERFORMED SHALL RECEIVE $15 PER MILE FOR EACH MILE SAID ROUTE IS IN EXCESS OF TWENTY-FOUR MILES OR MAJOR FRACTION THEREOF.

A-9027, APRIL 22, 1925, 4 COMP. GEN. 884

POSTAL SERVICE - RURAL CARRIERS - EXCESS MILEAGE ON TRI-WEEKLY ROUTES UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE POSTAL RECLASSIFICATION ACT OF FEBRUARY 28, 1925, 43 STAT. 1063, PAYMENT OF ADDITIONAL SALARY AT THE RATE OF $15 PER MILE PER ANNUM FOR EACH MILE IN EXCESS OF 24 TO A RURAL CARRIER SERVING ONE TRIWEEKLY ROUTE, SHOULD NOT BE MADE ON THE BASIS OF THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE ROUTE EXCEEDING 24 MILES, BUT ONLY WHEN ONE-HALF OF THE LENGTH OF THE ROUTE EXCEEDS 24 ILES; THAT IS TO SAY, THE INCREASE AT THE RATE OF $15 PER ANNUM IS TO BE PAID ONLY ON EACH MILE OF THE ROUTE IN EXCESS OF 48 MILES.

COMPTROLLER GENERAL MCCARL TO THE POSTMASTER GENERAL, APRIL 22, 1925:

I HAVE YOUR LETTER OF APRIL 6, 1925, REQUESTING DECISION WHETHER UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE POSTAL RECLASSIFICATION ACT OF FEBRUARY 28, 1925, 43 STAT. 1063, PAYMENT OF SALARY SHOULD BE MADE TO A RURAL CARRIER SERVING ONE TRIWEEKLY ROUTE ON THE BASIS OF A ROUTE ONE-HALF THE LENGTH THEREOF, AND IN ADDITION THERETO $15 A MILE FOR EACH MILE OR MAJOR FRACTION OF A MILE THE ROUTE IS IN EXCESS OF 24 MILES IN LENGTH.

SECTION 8 OF THE ACT OF FEBRUARY 28, 1925, SUPRA, FIXES THE SALARY OF CARRIERS IN THE RURAL MAIL DELIVERY SERVICE BASED ON THE LENGTH OF THE ROUTE SERVED SIX DAYS IN THE WEEK, SUCH SALARIES RANGING FROM $720 PER ANNUM FOR A 4-MILE ROUTE TO $1,800 PER ANNUM FOR A 24-MILE ROUTE. IT IS THEN PROVIDED AS FOLLOWS:

* * * EACH RURAL CARRIER ASSIGNED TO A ROUTE ON WHICH DAILY SERVICE IS PERFORMED SHALL RECEIVE $30 PER MILE PER ANNUM FOR EACH MILE SAID ROUTE IS IN EXCESS OF TWENTY-FOUR MILES OR MAJOR FRACTION THEREOF, BASED ON ACTUAL MILEAGE, AND EACH RURAL CARRIER ASSIGNED TO A ROUTE ON WHICH TRIWEEKLY SERVICE IS PERFORMED SHALL RECEIVE $15 PER MILE FOR EACH MILE SAID ROUTE IS IN EXCESS OF TWENTY-FOUR MILES OR MAJOR FRACTION THEREOF, BASED ON ACTUAL MILEAGE.

A RURAL CARRIER SERVING ONE TRIWEEKLY ROUTE SHALL BE PAID A SALARY AND EQUIPMENT ALLOWANCE ON THE BASIS OF A ROUTE ONE-HALF THE LENGTH OF THE ROUTE SERVED BY HIM. * * *

THE STATUTE DOES NOT DEFINITELY STATE IN THE CASE OF TRIWEEKLY ROUTES WHETHER THE $15 PER MILE ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION FOR MILEAGE IN EXCESS OF 24 MILES OR MAJOR FRACTION THEREOF IS TO BE BASED ON THE "ACTUAL MILEAGE" OF THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE ROUTE OR ON THE "ACTUAL MILEAGE" OF ONE-HALF THE LENGTH OF THE ROUTE. HOWEVER, IT MAY BE REASONABLY CONCLUDED THAT THE PROVISION FIXING THE BASIS FOR COMPUTING THE SALARY AND EQUIPMENT ALLOWANCE OF A CARRIER ON ONE TRIWEEKLY ROUTE AS ,ONE-HALF THE LENGTH OF THE ROUTE SERVED BY HIM" WAS INTENDED TO GIVE THE CARRIER ON A TRIWEEKLY ROUTE THE SAME RELATIVE RATE OF COMPENSATION AS THE CARRIER ON THE DAILY ROUTE, AND SUCH EFFECT WILL BE GIVEN TO THE PROVISION. FOR INSTANCE, IF A TRIWEEKLY ROUTE WERE 30 MILES IN LENGTH, THE CARRIER WOULD BE ENTITLED TO $1,080 PER ANNUM BASIC SALARY, WHICH IS THE RATE FIXED IN THE STATUTE FOR A 15-MILE ROUTE SERVED SIX DAYS IN THE WEEK, AND TO EQUIPMENT ALLOWANCE OF 4 CENTS PER MILE ON THE BASIS OF A 15-MILE ROUTE SERVED 306 DAYS PER YEAR, OR $183.60, A TOTAL OF $1,263.60 PER ANNUM, BUT HE WOULD NOT BE ENTITLED IN ADDITION THERETO TO $15 PER MILE FOR 6 MILES ON THE BASIS THAT THE TRIWEEKLY ROUTE OF 30 MILES WAS 6 MILES IN EXCESS OF 24. LIKEWISE, A CARRIER ON A TRIWEEKLY ROUTE 48 MILES IN LENGTH WOULD RECEIVE THE SAME AMOUNT OF COMPENSATION AS A CARRIER ON A DAILY ROUTE 24 MILES IN LENGTH.

IT WOULD BE ONLY IN CASE ONE-HALF THE ACTUAL MILEAGE OF THE TRIWEEKLY ROUTE EXCEEDED 24 MILES THAT THE PROVISION FOR PAYING ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION FOR MILEAGE IN EXCESS OF 24 IS FOR APPLICATION. FOR INSTANCE, IF A TRIWEEKLY ROUTE WERE 60 MILES IN LENGTH, THE CARRIER WOULD BE ENTITLED TO $1,800 PER ANNUM, WHICH IS THE LUMP-SUM RATE FIXED IN THE STATUTE FOR A 24-MILE ROUTE SERVED SIX DAYS IN THE WEEK OR A 48-MILE ROUTE SERVED THREE DAYS A WEEK, AND TO EQUIPMENT ALLOWANCE OF 4 CENTS PER MILE ON THE BASIS OF A 30-MILE ROUTE SERVED 306 DAYS PER YEAR, OR A 60-MILE ROUTE SERVED 153 DAYS PER YEAR, OR $367.20, AND ALSO TO ADDITIONAL SALARY OF $15 PER MILE PER ANNUM FOR 12 (60 MINUS 48) MILES, OR $180, A TOTAL OF $2,347.20 PER ANNUM.