BRADENTON, Fla. - The Jefferson County, Ala., Commission yesterday unanimously approved new forbearance agreements delaying swap and debt payments to creditors, while trying to negotiate an agreement to restructure the county's $3.2 billion of sewer debt, which is mostly in troubled auction- and variable-rate securities.

Creditors agreed to refrain from taking any action against the county on payments due until Sept. 30, at no cost to the county, said commissioner Jim Carns, who added that the next step is also up to creditors.

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