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Enbridge Energy asks for refund of $20-milion after being over taxed

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MINNESOTA—Communities across northwest Minnesota are scrambling to find $55-million dollars.

A tax judge ruled the Minnesota Department of Revenue over taxed Enbridge Energy pipeline property across 13 counties between 2012 and 2014.

The oil giant wants $20-million dollars refunded.

While a ruling is still pending its expected Enbridge will receive another $35-million for the same error from 2015-2017.

For at least two of the counties, Clearwater and Red Lake they could owe more than they raise annually from all taxpayers.

"It shouldn't be the taxpayers here that directly pays that bill, this is a state assessment and we feel the state should be bearing the responsibility and paying their part of this," said Scott Peters, Marshall County Auditor-Treasurer.

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