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Judge: State can use Priest Lake appraisals to set lease prices, minimum bids for cabin sites

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SANDPOINT, Idaho — An Idaho judge says the state can use its most recent appraisals to set lease payments and minimum bids for the sale of cabin sites around Priest Lake.

A group of more than 70 lessees sued the state in April seeking to bar it from using the higher appraisal amounts. The lessees argued they had a constitutionally protected property right to renew their cottage site leases.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports (http://bit.ly/V7IkUY) District Judge Barbara Buchanan ruled Friday that the Supreme Court has made it clear the Idaho Constitution prohibits recognition of any property right in a lease of state endowment land.

The court also ruled the state is obligated to manage the property for maximum long-term returns to the endowment's beneficiaries, including public schools.


Information from: Bonner County (Idaho) Daily Bee, http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com

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