The Mansfield Board of Selectmen voted to discontinue business reply mail for census forms at the suggestion of Town Clerk Marianne Staples, who said paying for postage was a "frivolous expense."
Staples said the Town pays about $8,750 to send a return envelope to $10,000 Mansfield residents at $1.25 per envelope, $0.46 per stamp, a $0.79 handling charge and a $200 permit fee for bulk mailings.
The Selectmen voted unanimously in favor of Staples' proposal but stipulating that census mailing would still include a return envelop and a disclaimer that residents will now have to use their own stamps to mail in the forms.
"This is a great idea," said Selectman Doug Annino. "This is going to save us some money. This is a step in the right direction."