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REUTERS: Bankrupt Alabama County OK's Debt Deal With European Bank

REUTERS: Bankrupt Alabama County OK's Debt Deal With European Bank

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. | Thu Feb 14, 2013 | 6:30pm EST

Feb 14 (Reuters) - Officials in Alabama's bankrupt Jefferson County approved a deal on Thursday with European Depfa Bank Plc to cut interest charges on about $162 million of the county's school debt.

Although the "plan support agreement" saves only about $1 million a year for the county, which in 2011 filed a $4.23 billion municipal bankruptcy, the resolution passed by the Jefferson County Commission said the deal would likely help the county hammer out a broader adjustment plan with its Wall Street creditors.

Home to Birmingham, Alabama's biggest city, Jefferson County was primarily driven into what is the biggest bankruptcy ever by a U.S. local government by massive sewer-system debt now estimated at $3.2 billion.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/14/usa-alabama-jeffer...



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