BRADENTON, Fla. — Jefferson County, Ala., agreed not to file for bankruptcy in return for a 30-day “standstill” agreement under which the receiver for the county’s sewer system will allow negotiations to resume over defaulted sewer debt and won’t pursue a rate increase — at least for now.

The county contemplated filing for bankruptcy after the court-appointed receiver, John Young, said two weeks ago that he would propose 25% increases in sewer rates annually over several years to pay down some of the $3.14 billion of outstanding sewer warrants.

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