Newark residents will have to cover the cost of Whitney’s Houston’s four-hour funeral policing in amount of $187,000.
It was a touching farewell watched by millions across the world, but it is the residents of Whitney Houston’s hometown Newark, New Jersey, who will be covering the high security costs.
Taxpayers will have to foot the $187,000 bill in police overtime, which amounts to 5% of the city’s $4 million annual budget.
Whitney Houston’s family brought the singer back to Newark, where thousands of people lined the streets to pay their respects and celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Alicia Keys and Mariah Carey attended the service.
Nearly 200 police officers were stationed at the New Baptist Church, the funeral home and a family gathering at the Newark Club afterwards, reports CBS2.
In Westfield, where Whitney Houston was buried in a private ceremony, $9,000 was spent in police overtime, according to the overtime figures released to CBS2.
A Newark official said that the cost was unavoidable to ensure public safety.
Newark residents will have to cover the cost of Whitney's Houston's four-hour funeral policing in amount of $187,000
“I was able to be witness to the thousands upon thousands of people who were desperate to attend service but held back by barriers and officers of the law.
“If they had not been there someone may have been trampled, seriously hurt,” Democratic Councilwoman Mildred Crump told CBS2.
However, some residents say that although they adored Whitney Houston they are unhappy about having to fork out for the costs, especially as the public were not allowed anywhere near it reports BCS2.
“I think it’s absolutely ridiculous when you have people who are unemployed and homeless, people walking up and down the streets,” Newark resident Quincy Ruffin said in the report.
Quincy Ruffin told CBS2 that Whitney Houston’s family should be responsible for covering the costs.
“If they wanted it to go that far, do that much, they should have been the ones providing for it.”
Whitney Houston, 48, was found dead in the bathroom of her room at the Beverly Hilton hotel on February 11.
According to a final autopsy report released this week, Whitney Houston had cocaine throughout her system and detectives found white powdery substances and a spoon with white residue in the room.
The private funeral of the legendary singer Whitney Houston will be streamed live on the internet, it was announced yesterday.
The revelation will please Whitney Houston’s grieving fans, who were disappointed to learn that the star’s funeral would be a private affair.
There will also be no public memorial service for Whitney Houston.
Members of the public wishing to pay their respects to the iconic singer will be able to do so by following online as she is laid to rest.
The private funeral of the legendary singer Whitney Houston will be streamed live on the internet by The Associated Press
The Associated Press has been granted the right to film the ceremony, which takes place on Saturday in Whitney Houston’s hometown of Newark, New Jersey.
The funeral will be streamed on the AP’s website, and will also be made available to broadcasters.
While the service at New Hope Baptist Church will be not be open to the public, that has not stopped Whitney Houston’s fans from bringing flowers as and other gifts as tributes to the singer.
The church, where Whitney Houston sang as a child, has become one of several sites where people have gathered to remember the singer since her death last Saturday night at the age of 48.
Whitney Houston is also being remembered by the New Jersey government, after governor Chris Christie ordered state buildings to lower their flags on the day of the funeral.
Whitney Houston decline from world-beating success into damaging drug addiction has been blamed by some on her turbulent marriage to singer Bobby Brown, and it has been reported that her family asked her ex-husband to stay away from her funeral.
However, Bobby Brown has insisted that those reports are false, and that he will attend the ceremony in order to support the couple’s 18-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina.
Whitney Houston may be buried alongside her father, army serviceman and entertainment executive John Russell Houston Jr., who died in 2003
There is believed to have been disagreement among the Houston family as to where Whitney Houston should be buried.
Whitney Houston’s mother Cissy and her cousin Dionne Warwick are said to have argued that the iconic singer should be laid to rest in Atlanta, but other relatives who argued for Newark won the day.
Whitney Houston may be buried alongside her father, army serviceman and entertainment executive John Russell Houston Jr., who died in 2003.