BRADENTON, Fla. – A proposal by Jefferson County, Ala., to factor corruption into future sewer system rate increases is setting the stage for another legal fight with the trustee for the system's $3.2 billion of defaulted sewer warrants.

In addition to corruption that increased costs of rebuilding the system, the county also proposes to factor in a new valuation of system assets that could be significantly less than the outstanding debt.

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