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Land Board takes up new lake cottage site appraisals…

Idaho’s state Land Board is meeting this morning, and considering new appraisal values for state-owned cabin sites at Priest and Payette lakes. The new values came in about 2.5 percent lower overall than the 2013 values, but individually, they vary considerably, with some as much as 40 percent higher or lower. The previous appraisals showed little change at Payette Lake, but at Priest Lake, they were up more than 80 percent. That prompted disputes and multiple lawsuits; the state then offered cabin site lessees an opportunity to get new appraisals. At Priest Lake, 311 lessees asked for new appraisals, along with 17 at Payette Lake.


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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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