BOISE -- The public gets its first chance to formally weigh in on the future of Idaho's governor's mansion, the prominent hilltop abode that's unoccupied but costing the state hundreds of thousands annually to mow, water and maintain.

The state holds a hearing on Tuesday afternoon starting at 4:30 p.m. in the Idaho Capitol.

The idea is to gauge Idaho residents' sentiment about the mansion, which was donated in 2004 to the state by potato mogul J.R. Simplot.

So far, Gov. C.L. Butch Otter has refused to live in it.

But keeping the expansive lawn beneath the home a lush, verdant green has its price.

The governor's housing committee earlier this summer approved a $177,400 annual budget.

Options for the home include keeping it -- or returning it to the Simplot family.

What do you think Idaho should do with this controversial piece of public property? Vote in our online poll and let your voice be heard.

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