by Andrew Crisp
Though grateful for the gift, according to lawmakers, a state committee tasked with overlooking a large home gifted by late agriculture magnate J.R. Simplot plans to return the so-called Governor's Mansion to his family.
No governor has ever lived in the home, and after years of debate, the Idaho Governor's Housing Committee unanimously approved a resolution March 1 that would return the home to the Simplot family by June 30, according to the Associated Press.
Committee members cited the building's expensive upkeep, electricity and repair costs as the reason behind the decision, including current year's costs of $180,000. According to the AP, a fund dedicated to maintaining the mansion has dwindled to $775,000 from $1.5 million in 2005.
A Simplot spokesman told AP he's uncertain what the family will do with the home once the transfer takes place later this year.
In March 2011, Boise Weekly looked at the bottom line on the house on top of the hill.