BRADENTON, Fla. - Jefferson County, Ala., this week moved closer to what would be the largest municipal bankruptcy filing since Orange County, Calif., sought protection from creditors in the 1990s.

The formerly divided Jefferson County Commission came together in recent days to draw a line in the sand with creditors, indicating it would not seek to extend debt forbearance agreements yet again. The county's latest forbearance agreements are set to be terminated tomorrow because the county has failed to obtain a special session of the Alabama Legislature to consider a solution to its sewer debt crisis.

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