APwa 12/11 0348 Rajneeshees-Taxes THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) -- Companies operated by follow

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APwa 12/11 0348 Rajneeshees-Taxes THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) -- Companies operated by followers of Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh owe Wasco County almost $772,000 in delinquent real estate and personal property taxes. No payments have been made on most of the delinquent accounts of Rajneesh Investment Corporation since December 1985, when Rajneeshee leaders announced the group's 4-year-old commune was closing. Wasco County Treasurer Linda May said that unless a tax payment is received, the county would begin foreclosure proceedings in May against a $54,265 account held by Rajneesh Foundation International. The commune was dissolved in February 1987 as a corporate entity, said attorney John S. Ransom of Portland. The Rajneesh-owned properties in Wasco County, including the former city of Rajneeshpuram and other developments, are appraised at $21.6 million by the Wasco County assessor's office. Only about a half-dozen Rajneeshee caretakers remain at Rancho Rajneesh, which is for sale for $28.5 million.

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