BRADENTON, Fla. — The federal judge in Jefferson County’s bankruptcy said Monday that he is inclined not to remove the Alabama state court-appointed receiver of the county’s sewer system, though he is expected to decide whether to limit the receiver’s rate-setting powers.

The hearing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Birmingham will determine the extent of the authority held by John Young, a receiver appointed late last year to take charge of the county’s sewer system and set its rates after the county defaulted on more than $3 billion of sewer warrants and failed to implement rate increases as promised to investors.

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