Alabama pension chief David Bronner penned a column in his agency’s April newsletter to state retirees to express his latest view on the sewer debt crisis in Jefferson County — a view that seems to suggest that the county simply default on its obligations.

Jefferson, which includes Birmingham and is the state’s most populous county, is saddled with $3.2 billion of outstanding sewer debt. Most of it is in troubled auction- and variable-rate mode that incurred higher-than-anticipated interest rates and accelerated payments due to rating downgrades of bond insurers.

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