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Report: State paid more than FEMA for water crisis supplies

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New information  has emerged on how Michigan spent tax dollars to help Flint recover from the water crisis.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the state likely paid hundreds of thousands of dollars more than it needed to for supplies.

The newspaper reports the state did not use a formal bidding process for supplies and relied almost exclusively on an out of state company.

There are reports that FEMA paid as much as 20 percent less for the supplies.

"Yeah, I guess they did a no bid contract. That is what I've been in the news for, not doing that," Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said.

According to the Free Press, Gov. Rick Snyder's administration relied on a Georgia based Home Depot for supplies.

Weaver said bids matter when trying to save taxpayer dollars.

"That is the reason why we do those things is to get the best price. From what I read, I understand that there was some Michigan companies that could of benefited from that," Weaver said.

The Home Depot said they were able to get the supplies to Flint the quickest and that's why they were awarded the job.

Weaver said the state should have tried harder to get a lower bid contractor.

"We are still trying to hold them accountable for getting us some more resources and supplies," she said.

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