BRADENTON, Fla. - Jefferson County, Ala., commissioners yesterday voted 3 to 2 to ask local voters Nov. 4 how they want the county to solve its $3.2 billion sewer debt crisis, including whether or not the county should seek municipal bankruptcy protection from creditors.

Commissioners voted on a resolution calling for an "advisory" or nonbinding referendum that asks voters three questions. The first question asks voters to choose one of three options on how the county should resolve the crisis - file for bankruptcy, default on payment of the debt and accept appointment of a receiver, or pay the sewer debt in full.

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