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Court: Simplot Foundation must pay taxes on JUMP facility

This Aug. 8, 2016, photo provided by the J.R. Simplot Co. shows Simplot Plant Sciences Innate Generation 2 genetically engineered potatoes at the Michigan State University field that have survived after being infected with late blight disease, the disease that led to the Irish potato famine. (AP / Nicolas Champouret)
This Aug. 8, 2016, photo provided by the J.R. Simplot Co. shows Simplot Plant Sciences Innate Generation 2 genetically engineered potatoes at the Michigan State University field that have survived after being infected with late blight disease, the disease that led to the Irish potato famine. (AP / Nicolas Champouret)

BOISE – The Idaho Supreme Court has ruled that the J.R. Simplot Foundation was not eligible for a tax exemption while constructing is “urban meeting place” in downtown Boise in 2015.

In its Thursday decision, the state’s highest court decided the structure did not qualify for a charitable tax exemption because it was under construction and not being used exclusively for charitable purposes.

The five-story complex called JUMP – or Jack’s Urban Meeting Place – was roughly 70 percent complete in early 2015 and held its grand opening by the end of that year.

Thursday’s decision affirms a prior district court ruling, which agreed with Ada County that the foundation did not qualify for a tax exemption.

A spokesman for the foundation did not immediately return a request for comment on Friday.


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