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By Mike Creger
Pine Knot News 

Tax paybacks continue to sting across the county


December 7, 2018

Photo by Mike Creger / Pine Knot News

Kyle Holmes, left, and Paul Gassert pore over some Carlton County tax numbers recently at the courthouse in Carlton. As the assessor and auditor for the county, they are working on the massive repayments to utility companies after they were ruled in Minnesita Tax Court as overtaxed through state calculations the past decade.

They are Carlton County’s number crunchers. No-nonsense. Often unheralded if even noticed. Cogs in the government machine.

So when something has assessor Kyle Holmes and auditor Paul Gassert spooked, it’s a big deal.

The 300-pound gorilla both men are facing, as are all taxpayers in the county, is the repayment to utility companies for years they were deemed as overtaxed on their properties. Notably, Enbridge Energy, which has a huge footprint in the county as its pipeline network skims across the northern townships on the way to Superior.

Millions of dollars are at stake across the sta...

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