Lawmakers Deny Attempt for Residents to Keep Home

By Jillian Marshall

Lawmakers Deny Attempt for Residents to Keep Home

January 18, 2013 Updated Jan 18, 2013 at 12:19 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A family's house is still in jeopardy after the Broome County Legislature voted down an opportunity that could have allowed them to pay back taxes. And they have the money.

Legislators voted 9 to 5 to follow the rules on the books, preventing Volodymyr Kurylo, who is from Maine and co-owner of the home, to pay more than $14,000 in back taxes that accrued for his twin sister and brother.

As a result, the Arthur Street home will likely end up on the auction block -- unless legislators change their mind. Legislators point to a 120-day amnesty period that expired some time ago.

It's a home that has a deep history with the family. They've been there since 1964.

"My heart is broken. I've been fighting really hard," Volodymy Kurylo said.

Volodymyr's brother, Lubomyr, was born in a displaced persons camp in their home country. If they lose their home to the county, he will have to go into a personal care home.

"We don't want to lose our house, " Lubomyr said.

For now, that decision is back in the hands of the legislature. Some members, like Democrat Jason Garnar, have plans to vote re-introduce the issue during their meeting in March.

"I hope we can put in legislation next month to be able to help them along with other people," Garnar said.

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