Michigan’s outside legal fees related to the ongoing Flint lead-contaminated water crisis could climb as high as $2.7 million, Gov. Rick Snyder’s office said Tuesday.

Snyder’s office previously estimated its legal fees — to be paid with public money — at nearly $1 million in February, according to Snyder spokesman Ari Adler.

Snyder’s office now estimates it could rack up $1.2 million in legal costs on top of the cost of the attorney general’s office signing a $1.5 million contract with Royal Oak attorney Todd Flood to act as special counsel in its investigation into whether laws were broken regarding Flint’s lead-tainted water.

Michigan Gov Rick Snyder’s office previously estimated its legal fees — to be paid with public money — at nearly $1 million in February. But it just upped the estimated total cost to $2.7million. Above, contaminated water in Flint, Michigan

Adler said the governor’s office has notified the State Administrative Board about the new cost estimate, though Snyder’s office doesn’t need the board’s approval to proceed.

Snyder’s office hired attorneys Eugene Driker and Brian Lennon to help with expected legal work, Adler said.

Driker is assisting the state attorney general’s office with its ongoing investigation. Snyder hired Lennon to help define search parameters and other work related to state documents requested through public records requests and the thousands of documents Snyder released voluntarily.

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