OAKLAND — The Internal Revenue Service has put a lien on property owned by Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, and the mayor acknowledged late Monday that he owes the IRS money and said he is addressing the issue.
The mayor's statement followed a report on the East Bay Express' Web site, which said Dellums and his wife, Cynthia, owe at least $239,000 in back income taxes from 2005, 2006 and 2007, according to the IRS.
This newspaper could not determine late Monday exactly how much the mayor owes.
Records from the Alameda County Clerk-Recorder's Office show the lien was placed against the Dellumses on Oct. 14.
"There were previous disagreements with the IRS regarding the amount owed," said Paul Rose, a spokesman for the mayor. "The issue has been addressed and will be resolved in short order."
Dellums declined to specify how much he and his wife owe or say why his taxes were not paid in full when questioned about the issue after a public safety town hall meeting Monday in West Oakland.
"We owe taxes," he said. "The issue is being dealt with, and there is a plan that we have laid out, and it will be dealt with as expeditiously as possible. Period."
The revelations could open fresh political problems for the mayor, who worked as a lobbyist between his time as a congressman and mayor of Oakland.
Dellums earns close to $184,000 a year as mayor, and some people close to him had worried about the financial consequences of his decision to run for office in Oakland in 2006.