Guemes Ferry Vessel Replacement Surcharge

Ferry Concept Design


Come meet with Skagit County Commissioners to express your views for or against a proposed vessel replacement surcharge.

WHAT: Public Hearing with County Commissioners

WHEN: Tuesday, April 17, 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: Commissioners’ Hearing Room, 1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon, WA

The Board of Skagit County Commissioners has determined that the M/V Guemes has reached the end of its useful and economic life and needs to be replaced. The Board is considering implementing a ferry vessel replacement surcharge (per RCW 36.54.200). The Board is considering implementing a County vessel replacement surcharge of $1.00 per adult passenger fare sold, $0.50 per senior/youth/disabled passenger fare sold, $1.00 per motorcycle fare sold, $2.00 per vehicle fare sold and $5.00 per oversize vehicle fare sold. Frequent user punch card prices would be adjusted and discounted accordingly.

Other proposed changes to the fare schedule include extending the expiration of vehicle punch cards from 90 days to 120 days and eliminating the fee for bicycles. The proposal includes an implementation date of May 20, 2018.

More details on the proposal can be found at


Notice of Public Comment

Resolution-Call for Public Hearing

Legal Notice-Call for Public Hearing

Proposed Rate Schedule-Draft 3.26.18

Proposed Surcharge Revenue-Draft 3.26.18

This proposal may be approved, modified, or rejected by the Board of Skagit County Commissioners. Your views for or against this matter are invited by attendance, representation, or letter.

How to comment:

Email comments are preferred and must be sent to with “Ferry Vessel Replacement Surcharge” in the subject line. Include your comments in the body of the email rather than as attachments.

Paper comments must be printed on 8 1/2 x 11 paper and mailed or delivered to:

Comments Ferry Vessel Replacement Surcharge

Skagit County Public Works Department

1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

All comments must be received no later than Friday, April 27, and include your full name and mailing address.

Contact person:

Rachel Rowe, Ferry Division Manager


Phone: (360) 416-1400


Source: Skagit County Email