Saturday 25 September 2021

ICE Pays Millions Of Colonees In Rent For 5-Person Building

Paying the bills


Canadian airlines will start flying back to Costa Rica on October 2

QCOSTARICA - Four Canadian airlines will resume their flights...

8-year-old boy dies abruptly of covid-19

QCOSTARICA - An eight-year-old boy who had no risk...

Vaccinations face unfounded fears over AstraZeneca dosages

QCOSTARICA - The goal of immunizing 500,000 people over...

There are potholes and then there are potholes!

QCOSTARICA - Imagine your vehicle being devoured by a...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction September 25: “EVEN” ending plates CANNOT circulate

QCOSTARICA - For today, Saturday, September 25, vehicles with...

Legislators to begin discussion on reducing the 2022 Marchamo this Monday

QCOSTARICA - The political fractions, except that of the...

No National Census in 2022!

QCOSTARICA - The Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos...
Paying the bills


Palmares ICE center

QCOSTARICA – Reason No. 5892 for why the Instituto Costarrisense de Electricidad (ICE)’s electrical rates are so high: the inefficient and bloated state-owned company pays ¢7 million colones monthly for a rental building housing five employees.

The building is a very neat affair in downtown Palmares in Alajuela province.

- Advertisement -

The state electrical power monopoly has leased the building since 2008. If one uses employees per building as a guide, reported La Nacion, this is the costliest of all the building in the country that ICE rents. The paper contrasted this with the building ICE leases in downtown Alajuela costing only ¢4.4 million and housing 40 workers.

Even a better comparison is the workplace of six employees in another part of Alajuela costing only ¢1.3 million. ICE spokesman Elberth Duran, given the unenviable task of explaining the expensive oddity said buildings are not evaluated by the number of employees at the windows to serve the public. (?)

He added that not only does the building house ICE but also the Kolbi Internet firm and has storage for equipment used in maintaining electric lines. It also serves as a temporary housing for technicians “in transit” for jobs of servicing phones and such.

ICE placed the private firm Ejecutivos de Lirio Blanco S.A. in charge of contracting the Palmares facility in 2011 and the extended contract lasts until 2017. La Nacion attempted to obtain commentary from the company but a spokesperson said the ICE contract forbids divulging “any kind of information whatsoever.”

Simply for rental of 99 branches, including 15 administrative offices, ICE pays some ¢293 million colones per month. In 15 of these, two or three workers labor while in five or fewer work in 29 of them. ICE announced in late 2014 that it planned to renegotiate rents while building a new ¢23.3 billion colon structure near its current Sabana headquarters.

That would permit relocating 610 employees spread out over the metropolitan area by 2016.It would also eliminate 10 buildings it now occupies. This would result in a ¢1.3 billion savings annually according to ICE president Carlos Obregon.

- Advertisement -

Article by, with editing by the Q!

- Advertisement -
Paying the bills
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Without power less than 10 times last year

QCOSTARICA - Power outages in Costa Rica are common, some areas...

Curiosities: One of the longest straights in Costa Rica

Q PHOTOS - One of the longest straights in Costa Rica...

Subscribe to our stories

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.