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Land board delays decision on cabin parcels

Committee wants Idaho to sell vacation lots

BOISE – Public land managers agreed Idaho should eventually sell 521 vacation cabin lots at Payette and Priest lakes that produce revenue for public schools, but they’ll wait until next month to finalize a new rental scheme for the properties while they’re still in state hands.

The Idaho Land Board voted Tuesday to delay a vote until March 16 on the plan that’s been in the works for nearly three years, the Idaho Statesman reported.

Secretary of State Ben Ysursa tabled his motion to increase rents, a move that would produce more money for education but which has drawn protest from leaseholders, some of whom have had cabins in their families for generations.

The Land Board includes Ysursa and Gov. Butch Otter, as well as the state controller, attorney general and superintendent of public instruction.

Otter told the others at the meeting in Boise he doesn’t want to put off the decision beyond next month.