Jefferson County, Alabama files biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history

November 10, 2011

Government/Politics

Alabama county files biggest municipal bankruptcy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
By Melinda Dickinson
Reuters
 
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama- Alabama’s Jefferson County filed for bankruptcy court protection on Wednesday in the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.
 
Commissioners for the county, which is home to Birmingham, the state’s biggest city and economic powerhouse, voted 4-1 to declare bankruptcy after meeting behind closed doors for two days in a last ditch-attempt to restructure its debt out of court.
 
A tentative deal reached with creditors in September to settle $3.14 billion in red ink had been widely expected to avert bankruptcy. But the deal fell apart over what the commission described as creditors’ refusal to meet the terms of previously agreed economic concessions.
 

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