Tomorrow night, at LIFAC’s December 2, 2014 LIFAC meeting (Fire Hall, 6:30-7:40 PM), you can learn how LIFAC will respond to islander requests to modify LIFAC’s October recommendation to lower some Lummi Island ferry fares (see October 7, 2014 draft handout on their county website; a newer revised version is here, on the PLIC website).
Basic facts. In October, LIFAC members approved a recommendation to ask the County Council to consider lowering selected ferry fares. This sounds like a very nice idea, as we all love the idea of paying less for something these days, especially ferry fares!
However, at the November LIFAC meeting, multiple islanders, including members of Protect Lummi Island Community and others, presented information and requests concerning some problems with the October proposal, including no fare relief on needs-based tickets and the absence of any published financial analysis, which was a major basis of LIFAC’s proposal. It’s noteworthy that 31/33 islanders who attended PLIC’s October 29, 2014 community forum indicated that LIFAC’s proposal should not be forwarded to the County Council without important specific modifications; details under “Ferry Fare Reduction Proposal in the works” at plicferry.org.
At the end of the November meeting, LIFAC was asked whether they would respond to public requests to modify the proposal and to publish their full financial analysis for anyone to review, prior to sending the proposal to the County Council. Chairman Mike McKenzie said that LIFAC always enthusiastically welcomes community input but made no commitment to respond to the public input heard at that meeting.
LIFAC may respond at tomorrow’s December LIFAC meeting, but since no agenda has yet been published we’ll have to wait and see how they choose to proceed.