BRADENTON, Fla. — Lawmakers representing Jefferson County refused to allow the full Alabama Legislature to debate a bill that would have helped the county restructure nearly $3.2 billion of troubled sewer debt. The bill allowing for a diversion of sales tax revenue was seen as the county’s best hope for avoiding what would be the nation’s largest ever municipal bankruptcy.

The legislation would have allowed the Jefferson County Commission to use excess local sales taxes currently dedicated to schools to help bail out their over-leveraged sewer system. But it failed to even come to a vote before the local legislative delegation.

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