As Jefferson County, Ala., wraps up work to close a deficit on the fiscal 2013 budget, the federal judge overseeing the county’s massive bankruptcy case has rejected requests to set a deadline for preparing a plan of adjustment.

Judge Thomas Bennett said last week that it was too early to require that a plan to be proposed. Assured Guaranty Municipal Corp. had asked Bennett to order the county to submit a plan by Sept. 28 because the county had not set any time frame to propose a plan.

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