BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - While Jefferson County continues to negotiate another extension to its forbearance agreements with creditors, the county is planning to hold its first public hearing Aug. 8 on how to deal with the $3.2 billion sewer debt crisis.

Bettye Fine Collins, the county commission president, suggested on Monday that the county could simply not make its payment related to the troubled sewer debt if the forbearance agreements are not extended. But she also said that an extension to existing forbearance agreements may be forthcoming, and reiterated the same thought yesterday.

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