Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums may be able to solve his federal income tax problems when he sells his deceased mother’s home in the city’s upscale Crocker Highlands neighborhood. Dellums and his sister, Theresa Simmons, put the four-bedroom house on the market just after the Express broke the story about the mayor’s IRS debt. The IRS says Dellums and his wife Cynthia Dellums owe at least $239,000 in back taxes.
According to the probate records of Dellums’ mother, Willa Dellums, the mayor and his sister believe the home is worth $880,000. Dellums and his sister are listed as the beneficiaries. Willa Dellums died on August 17, 2008 at the age of 89.
Dellums spokesman Paul Rose said the mayor had no comment on whether he planned to use proceeds from the sale of his deceased mother’s home to pay off his IRS debt. But last month, Dellums said in a statement that his tax problems would be solved in “short order.”
According to public records, Willa Dellums’ home was built in 1912 and features 1.5 baths. It’s about 2,000 square feet, and sits on a 4,400 square foot lot. Zillow.com values it at $720,000, but property records show a nearby home sold recently for more than $800,000.
Correction: An earlier version of this post mistakenly stated that Willa Dellums died August 17 of this year at the age of 90.