BRADENTON, Fla. — As a hearing continued in Birmingham, Ala., Thursday to determine what amount of sewer revenues will go to pay debt, Jefferson County said in a filing that it is pursuing avenues to set sewer rates and has hired a consultant.

The disclosure was in response to Financial Guaranty Insurance Co.'s motion on March 28, asking bankruptcy Judge Thomas Bennett to raise sewer rates and increase revenues pledged to $3.14 billion of defaulted sewer warrants because the county had not taken action on rates.

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