Sample PLIC Letters for Island Supporters

Note: PLIC submitted this information to the ferry forum and it was posted on February 20, 2010.  (Wynne)

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The following letter samples were requested by Islanders who want to contact, or have contacted, Whatcom County business owners to write letters to support PLIC efforts in relation to the ferry.  PLIC realizes there were people waiting for these documents and we apologize for the delay.   PLIC’s review and approval processes are being streamlined to prevent delays in the future.

Protect Lummi Island Community
PO
BOX 266
Lummi Island WA 98262

February __, 2010

Dear Business Owner:

In a recent discussion, you indicated that you may be willing to provide a letter to PLIC concerning the impact that changes to the Lummi Island ferry service could have on your business.  To make your effort less burdensome, we attach a sample generic letter that you might follow.  Feel free to amend the sample in any way and to add anything you feel is important to your specific business.

***Please print your letter on your company letterhead and mail it back to Protect Lummi Island Community (P.L.I.C.) at the address below: 

P.L.I.C.
P.O. Box 266
Lummi Island, WA 98262

We know that times are tough but we need help offsetting the over $100,000.00 in estimated costs we will be incurring in our effort to keep the ferry operating with the same schedule and with fares that are within the means of our diverse Island population.  To date, Lummi Islanders have donated over $40,000.00 in a little over four weeks.

Since it is likely that your business will be adversely affected by reduced revenue if the ferry schedule is reduced and/or fares are raised, please consider making a donation to support our effort.  Any amount would be greatly appreciated. You will receive a receipt for your donation and we are in the process of applying for tax-exempt status from IRS. Should we obtain that status (as we expect), contributions made to PLIC in 2010 will be tax-deductible. You can enclose your donation with the letter.

IMPORTANT:

Even if you can’t make a donation, PLEASE send a letter.   Your letter will help PLIC demonstrate the consequences of decreased runs and increased fares to governmental officials involved, both directly and indirectly, with the negotiations.  To date, we have received over 100 letters from concerned citizens both on and off the island.

Should you have any questions, please contact any of the following persons:
Stuart Rich
758-7345
David Wing
758-2077

Sincerely,

Protect Lummi Island Community

______________________________________________________________________

__________, 2010

We are one of many Whatcom County businesses that would be affected by possible cuts in Lummi Island ferry runs and/or increases in ferry fares.  Such changes will have a negative impact on our business and our bottom line.

If runs decrease and/or fares increase, we will have to commit more employee man hours to servicing or delivering products to Lummi Island customers and increased fares will raise our operating costs.  These costs will have to be passed on to our customers.

Increasing costs to customers, especially during tough economic times, will ensure two things:  first, we will lose customers and second, we will lose revenue.  If enough revenue is lost, employees could be laid off.

We implore the County negotiators to make it work; allow our business to service Island residents at a reasonable cost while continuing to maintain our bottom line and retain employees.

Sincerely,


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