BRADENTON, Fla. - Jefferson County, Ala., officials last week disclosed that they were notified once again about a default for covenant violations on some or all of their $3.2 billion of outstanding sewer warrants, most of which remain in troubled variable- or auction-rate mode.

The county failed to provide the trustee with a required evaluation of revenues available for debt service, and to meet rate covenants, said a Dec. 19 letter from the Bank of New York Mellon, which is the trustee. Instead, the bank said the county sent it a letter stating that it was "not practical or appropriate" to provide the evaluation.

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