BRADENTON, Fla. — The new sewer rate structure recently approved by Jefferson County, Ala., commissioners is an interim plan that can be altered as creditors negotiate a settlement to restructure more than $3 billion of defaulted outstanding debt, according to a brief filed by the bankrupt county.

The county will make that point during a major a hearing Wednesday in Birmingham where creditors are asking federal judge Thomas Bennett for relief from the county's year-old Chapter 9 bankruptcy case so they can seek the reinstatement of a receiver to control the county's sewer system.

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