Government to pick up tab on auctioned off community

he central government is stepping in and providing 25 million colons, about $50,000 to pay off the auction price for the community of Caño Castilla.

This is the community on about 300 hectares (741 acres) that was the innocent victim in a foreclosure action.

Community residents prevailed at an auction last week, but they could only come up with half of the money. They had until Tuesday to raise the rest. Now the government will pay the entire amount along with some related fees.
The community consists of some 100 dwellings and about 30 families who have lived in the area for 28 years.

A trio of North Americans once owned the land, but they long since have left Costa Rica, and a creditor sought the land to settle a long-standing debt. The auction was handled by a San Carlos court.

The community was inspected Thursday and Friday by the Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social. Employees gave the thumbs up for government participation. Vice President Alfio Piva Mesén held a meeting there Saturday to deliver the news to the community.

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