BRADENTON, Fla. — The receiver appointed to take charge of the debt-laden sewer system in Jefferson County is recommending that rates be increased to counter a decline in the number of customers, maintain the system and pay outstanding debt.

In an interview Tuesday, John Young said Alabama’s largest county and its creditors are far apart on a settlement on $3.14 billion of mostly variable- and auction-rate warrants that are in default. Only about 6% of the outstanding sewer debt is fixed rate.

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