GCR single copy price increases this week

With today’s issue of The Gasconade County Republican, it will cost readers who buy the paper over-the-counter an additional 25 cents, publisher Dennis Warden announced.

The price increase, the first in almost 17 years, affects single copy issues sold at the newspaper office or in several sales outlets throughout Owensville and in Belle, Beaufort, Bland, Drake, Gerald, Hermann and Rosebud.

The new single copy price is $1.00 after sales tax. In the city of Owensville the single copy price is 92 cents plus 8 cents sales tax for a total of $1.00 an issue.

The rate increase matches other newspapers in the area. Within the last two years many newspapers in central Missouri, such as the Cuba Free Press, St. James Free Press, Sullivan Independent News and Washington Missourian, have all increased their prices to $1.00 for a single copy.

The Republican regrets this change, having held the line at 75 cents after tax since June 2001.

“If we were to keep pace with inflation since 2001 the actual price would be $1.07,” said Warden.

For comparison, a first-class letter has increased from 34 cents to mail in 2001 to 50 cents today. Other factors that have forced this change include the high cost of health insurance and recent increases in the cost of newsprint (as reported on last week’s editorial page).

Annual subscription rates will remain the same for the near future. 

At just $35.00 for a one-year subscription in Gasconade County, the newspaper remains only 67 cents per issue. Other subscription rates are $40.00 for out-state subscribers and $45.00 for anywhere in the United States. For those not wanting to wait for the mail to deliver their paper, all yearly subscribers enjoy a free on-line subscription to the Republican. For details call 573-437-2323.