Kurylos get home back, but with 'added' costs

By Erika Mahoney

February 22, 2013 Updated Feb 22, 2013 at 1:19 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) After several months of fighting with the Broome County Legislature, the Kurylo family finally gets the go-ahead to buy back their home.

The legislature approved the sell back Thursday night.

While the family says they are happy, they say it's still not enough.

"Of course we're very happy that we are going to be able to buy back our own home, but we are also very disappointed that we continue to be punished," Volodomyr Kurylo, the brother of the homeowner who around Christmas tried to pay off his family's debt.

Kurylo said they were originally billed $13,000 in back taxes and penalties. But he said that cost has grown to more than $16,000 due to rent collection and an administrative fee.

In an effort to lower the bill, Legislator Dan D. Reynolds motioned for an amendment to forgive the added costs.

That amendment failed, as some county leaders say the collected money is used for maintenance on other county-owned homes.

Kurylo says that means the fight isn't over yet.

"We have been put through the ringer," Kurylo said. "This is unnecessary protraction of this whole process. He [brother] complains that he has had sleepless nights, he has been worried. He has been in that house for fifty years."

Kurylo says he will be buy the house back, and hopes to do so by March 1 to avoid more charges.

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