County Road Administration Board
Program Project Application:
Guemes Island Ferry Replacement

Skagit County has applied for a $10 million contribution toward a new vessel available from the County Road Administration Board (CRAB). In the County's application is the following excerpt from the Financial Plan:
"County Ferry District – Based on a potential County Ferry District that would encompass all of Guemes Island, we assume a $0.75 per $1,000 property tax levy is assessed in the first year (estimated to be 2020) with revenue growing at the State property tax revenue limitation of 1% per year. The revenue estimate is based on the actual tax assessed value for Guemes Island for the 2018 tax year and assumed assessed value increase of 3% per year for 2019 and 2020.

Ticket Surcharge - A ticket surcharge to be charged on each one way and round trip fare, including monthly and multi-ticket fares. We assume revenue from this surcharge will be available for the project starting in 2020. Depending on the methodology for establishing the surcharge, this revenue may represent 220,000 fares at a $1 surcharge or 110,000 fares at a $2 surcharge, based on historical ridership counts."

[Read Application]

Ferry Replacement Project Public Forum
Thursday, January 25, 5:30 pm, Community Center.
Please join Skagit County Board of Commissioners, Public Works staff and a representative from Glosten for a discussion about the Guemes Island Ferry Replacement Project. [Read more]


Guemes Island Ferry Committee:
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Skagit Land Trust: Saving Kelly's Point
Skagit Land Trust has partnered with community members in a fundraising effort to purchase and permanently protect Yellow Bluff and Kelly’s Point (the immense bluffs, undeveloped coastal forest and over 3,000 feet of marine shoreline) on the southwestern corner of Guemes Island. [Read more]

One Month Remains To Raise Funds To Save Kelly’s Point
Skagit Land Trust has raised 90% of the funds needed to purchase Kelly’s Point and Yellow Bluff, thanks to an outpouring of support from the Guemes and greater Skagit community. The Trust has one month left to raise the final funds....community donations will continue to be matched. [Read more]


What Every Skagit County Taxpayer Should Know About The Guemes Island Ferry 
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Guemes Island Property Sales  LAST SALE: 12.21.17

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