Vessel Replacement Surcharge Update

Vessel Replacement Surcharge Update clarification

Our apologies; there was a typo for Option C in the previous vessel replacement surcharge update – the total annual revenue for Option C is $232,370. Please disregard the previous figure.


Vessel replacement surcharge:

We wanted to provide an update on the vessel replacement surcharge proposal that was first introduced March 26.


What has been done so far?

  • March 26 – Surcharge proposal introduced
  • Mar 26 thru Apr 28 – Public comment period
  • April 17 – Public hearing
  • April 28 – Public forum
  • May 8 – Discussion with Board of County Commissioners (BCC)

o   More information requested

  • June 12 – Discussion with BCC

o   Follow-up from May 8 meeting

o   Review public comment

o   Present options (A, B, C)

o   Recommend implementation date



On June 12, the ferry division presented the Commissioners with three options for a vessel replacement surcharge. The options were based on feedback received during the public comment period, the public hearing, and public forum.

  • Option A: $245,933/year (set $ amount surcharge – all fares)
  • Option B: $264,362/year (set $ amount surcharge – vehicles only)
  • Option C: $232,370/year (set percentage-based surcharge )

o   Other proposed fare changes – remains the same for all options

o   Extend expiration of vehicle punch cards from 90 to 120 days

o   Eliminate the fee for bicycles


June 12 presentation materials:

Surcharge options PowerPoint presentation

Video – discussion with County Commissioners

Surcharge options handout


The Commissioners indicated a preference for Option C with an implementation date of August 1, 2018. They directed Public Works to come back on Monday, next week, with a request for motion. This means that on Monday the Commissioners will decide whether or not to implement a surcharge. The public is welcome to attend.


When: Monday, June 18, 2018, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Commissioners’ hearing room, 1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon, WA 98274


What’s next?

  • Commissioners will vote on Monday, June 18, at 10:30 a.m.
  • If approved, the vessel replacement surcharge would take effect August 1, 2018.


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Source: Email from Skagit County 6/13/2018