The County Commissioners have okayed a fare hike for the Guemes Ferry.
In accordance with Resolution R20150261, the new rates will go into effect October 1, 2015. The Board of Skagit County Commissioners also approved Resolution R20150262, temporarily establishing a one-time refund for unused portions of unexpired punch cards due to the 2015 fare increase.
Unexpired punch cards may still be used until September 30, 2015.
Originally, the County was going to stop the sale of punch cards, at the current rates, upon approval of the rate increase resolution on September 8, 2015. However, we were informed that this caught several folks off-guard who hadn’t had the chance to purchase punch cards to last until the rate increase becomes effective. Therefore, the County has decided to open back up the window during which folks can purchase punch cards.
Please be aware that the County will stop selling punch cards, at the old rates, after Friday, September 18, 2015. So, if you need to get punch cards to last you until the new rates go into effect, please purchase them on or before September 18th. If you do not use these punch cards before September 30, 2015, you can apply for a refund through our Accounting office. You should know that we are asking for 30 days to process the refunds, and a check will be mailed to you for the refund amount.
So, you may want to consider that when you are deciding whether or not to purchase a punch card between now and September 18. Beginning September 21, punch cards, at the new rates, will be available for purchase. When we stamp the expiration date on your new punch cards, we will take into consideration the fare increase implementation date, and the haul-out dates (for the vehicle and driver punch cards).
More information will be available later this week regarding refunds for unused, unexpired punch cards.
Updated: Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 to add refund information.