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“Governor’s Mansion To Return To Simplot Family”

As we reported last year, the hilltop house was donated to the state by the Simplot family in 2005. The Idaho Department of Administration has kept track of state agency events at the mansion since 2009. Since June 19 of that year it has been used for 42 state retreats and meetings. Those events brought in a total of $6,800 in rental fees over the last three years.

Idaho aims to return the hilltop mansion to the Simplot family by June 30 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 approved unanimously 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.

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