BRADENTON, Fla. - The Jefferson County, Ala., Commission today welcomes a new Democrat to the dais who will be asked, as part of his first day of voting, to approve swap forbearance agreements delaying payments until Dec. 8.

Birmingham City Council member William Bell, who won the County Commission seat Nov. 4 in an uncontested election, has said he favors delaying payments to give the county more time to work out a restructuring agreement on $3.2 billion of troubled sewer debt. Bell replaces another Democrat, George Bowman.

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