Jefferson County Commission

The effort to sell $1.7 billion in refinanced Jefferson County sewer warrants begins this week with presentations by local officials in Birmingham and New York.

Jefferson County Commissioner Jimmie Stephens says the milestone means that the county "is alive and well and beginning to kick again."

The presentations come one week after the Jefferson County Commission approved modified deals with sewer creditors. The county's path to exit Chapter 9 bankruptcy relies on the sale of new sewer system warrants to replace soured debt. / Jefferson County Commission

Jefferson County commissioners have approved a plan to exit the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

The panel approved the plan on a 4-1 vote Thursday. It's due to be filed with a federal judge Sunday.

Most of the $4.2 billion debt stems from bonds that funded sewer system repairs, and the plan includes sewer fee hikes of 7.4 percent for four years and 3.4 percent for 40 years.

Commissioner George Bowman opposed the plan, which he says puts too much of a burden on people in his district.

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