Judge appoints receiver in Jefferson County sewer debt case

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A judge has appointed a receiver over Jefferson County's sewer system, effectively taking control of managing the sewer system from the county.

Russell County Judge Albert Johnson appointed John Young Wednesday.  Young previously served as a special master in the county's federal case involving a receiver.

The exact powers of the receiver are unknown at this time.  Jefferson County Commissioners fear that a receiver would try to increase sewer rates to pay off the sewer debt.  The Bank of New York Mellon sued the county, saying the county is not doing enough to pay of the $3.2 billion obligation.

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