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Idaho continues governor's housing stipend

Posted at 12:36 PM, Nov 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-22 14:36:06-05

Idaho will continue to pay the governor a housing stipend --  because the state still has no governor's mansion.

The Spokesman-Review reports Idaho is one of only six states without a mansion for its executive. A state committee decided Monday to continue paying a $4,500 monthly stipend to Gov. Butch Otter in lieu of housing.

The J.R. Simplot family donated a hilltop mansion in Boise for the purpose, but no governor ever lived there. It required extensive renovations and, when they were complete, Gov. “Butch” Otter declined to live there. He stays at his ranch in Star, instead.

Because the maintenance costs associated with the donated mansion were depleting the state's mansion fund, it was returned to the Simplot family in 2013.

The mansion was demolished in January.

(by Associated Press)