The meter is running on two historic criminal investigations and Travis County taxpayers will have to pay up.
One case involves the county's district attorney, Rosemary Lehmberg, who faces allegations of official misconduct of obstruction of justice during her driving while intoxicated arrest in April.
The other investigation involves allegations that Governor Rick Perry abused his power after Lehmberg’s arrest when he threatened to veto funding for the public integrity unit if the district attorney did not resign. He made good on that threat just days later.
Each criminal complaint was filed separately, but the combined cost for Travis County is quickly mounting.
"You really question the appropriateness of it,” Biscoe said. “And if you haven't seen it that much, you have all kinds of question when you see it coming."
County Commissioners are trying to figure out how much each will cost.
"Travis County, unfortunately, is at the center of this political universe," County Judge Sam Biscoe said.
Each case has a separate special prosecutor assigned.
To date, the county has received a $4,600 bill, a modest early figure considering one prosecutor charges $300 an hour.
"We're asking questions of ‘What the situation is? Whether it is fair? Whether there is a better way to do it?’” Biscoe said. “Whether we like it or not, it does seem to be required by state law."
Neither case has yet to go before a grand jury.
If one or both of these elected officials is indicted, County officials expect costs to sky rocket.
By comparison, Williamson County taxpayers were stuck with a $340,000 bill for special prosecutors assigned to court of inquiry proceedings against District Judge Ken Anderson.
This issue will be back in front of the Commissioners Court next Tuesday.