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One-year lease extension approved

With the state facing an injunction against proposed new cabin-site lease terms, the state Land Board has just voted 4-1 to approve a one-year extension of current lease terms for state endowment land cottage sites on Priest and Payette lakes. That leaves rents at 2.5 percent of current market value. "You'd have to be on Mars to not know we're in a little bit of litigation over this matter," said Secretary of State Ben Ysursa. Lessees would have until Feb. 1 to pay.

State Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna objected, saying the move would mean Idaho will collect less in rents to benefit public schools in 2011 than it would have under the proposed leases. "Apparently the solution thus far is to collect less rent," he said.

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