2013 will bring public service tax hikes to Costa Rica. Electricity, buses, and municipal services and one cut in fuel prices.

The Regulatory Authority for Public Services (ARESEP) approved an increase of electric rates of 7.6% on average.

The impact of this power adjustment in household consumption of 200 kWh per month, will be approximately ¢ 600. For bus fares, we will see adjustment of 14.6% for recognizing rising operating costs.

Bikes, buses and taxis owners who will see the highest increase ranging from 1000 to 15,000.

The only cuts expected by year’s end is the fuel, which will be reflected from the second half of December.

It will be of 81 colones per liter on unleaded gasoline, 71 ¢ per liter Plus and 27 colones per liter on diesel.

Fees and train tickets are pending appeal.

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)
San Jose Costa Rica