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General News · 14th February 2011
Dianne Bersea
As a mental and economic exercise I decided to calculate what the proposed ferry increases would look like for us on Cortes. At the threatened 14% per year over the next four years, here's the actual figures, based the one vehicle, two person, commuter fare which is currently about $47.

2012 - $47 x .14 = $6.56 = $53.58
2013 - $53.58 x .14 = $7.50 = $61.08
2014 - $69.60
2015 - $79.34

For visitors who are required to purchase a non-commuter fare, here's what the picture will look like for one vehicle, two people, which is currently about $67.

2012 - $76.38
2013 - $87.39
2014 - $99.63
2015 - $113.58

More people, larger vehicle, a trailer, a camper, a fifth wheel, a commercial vehicle.... the fares will boggle the mind!!

These increases will have a huge impact on our ability to function as an island community. All goods and services will have comparable cost increases. Visitors will be less and less visible. Tourism, which is one of the big contributors to the island economy, will be severely hurt. In my case moving my art on and off the island could be restricted. Less trips or more expensive trips means less income. How will these potential rate increases affect your business, your visitors, your life on the island??

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By the way, a mathematician I'm not. If someone sees a problem with these figures please let me know. Thanks.