Family still fighting for home

By Matt Porter

February 20, 2013 Updated Feb 21, 2013 at 6:31 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The home foreclosure fight that led to a change in Broome County's rules for government repossession isn't over yet.

The Kurylo family has been working with Broome County to buy their house back after falling thousands of dollars behind in tax payments.

Earlier this month, the county legislature passed a new law that gave the Kurylos more time to pay off their debt.

A member of the Kurylo family earlier this year was ready to pay off the outstanding debt, but because of the former county rule, they had run out of time.

Despite the new legislation's approval that provides more time, the fight continues.

The Kurylos said Wednesday the county has increased the amount they owe by more than $3,000.

Volodomyr Kurylo, the brother whose last-minute attempt to pay off the debt was at first thwarted by the county, says the problem has been messy, and in his words, "unjust."

"They just keep piling on penalties," Kurylo said. "They refuse to return or credit the rent my sister was forced to pay for two months, and the total just keeps climbing."

Originally, billed $13,000 for back taxes and penalities, the Kurylos say the total has ballooned to more than $16,000, including a $1,000 administration fee.

The county has also refused to include several thousand dollars in rent already paid -- to the county -- in the last two months.

The county said the rent money collected is used for maintenance.

Broome County legislators are set to vote Thursday whether to approve the sell back to the Kurylo Family.