BRADENTON, Fla. - Alabama lawmakers went home last Friday without providing financial relief for Jefferson County commissioners struggling to restructure $3.2 billion of troubled sewer debt. Lawmakers also failed to reauthorize an occupational tax that supports more than one third of the county's general fund budget.

Virtually all revenue collections in Jefferson County are down and the government was forced to make unplanned principal payments of $15 million to two creditors that accelerated the repayment of $120 million of general obligation debt because the county's credit ratings have been downgraded.

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