State: Idaho Governor's mansion should go back to Simplots

State: Idaho Governor's mansion should go back to Simplots

State: Idaho Governor's mansion should go back to Simplots

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 3:49 PM

BOISE -- Idaho aims to return the hilltop mansion to the Simplot family in a tentative agreement over the would-be governor's residence-turned-money pit that remained vacant even as maintenance costs skyrocketed.

That's according to a resolution being considered by Idaho Governor's Housing Committee Friday at a meeting in Boise.

J.R. Simplot, the deceased billionaire who built his agricultural empire, in part, on french fry sales to McDonald's, donated the home in 2004.

But fund to maintain the mansion has dwindled to $900,000, from $1.5 million in 2005.

According to the resolution, Idaho is "very grateful" for the gift but believes it's in the best interest of the state and the Simplot family to return it.

Simplot's heirs originally insisted Idaho keep the place, but now are amenable to taking it back.

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