Whitney Houston's Funeral Bill Angers Some Taxpayers

The high cost of security for the pop singer’s funeral procession has many Newark residents upset.

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Whitney Houston's funeral procession (Getty Images)

The police overtime costs for Whitney Houston’s funeral service are going to cost the residents of Newark, N.J., $187,000. And some taxpayers are none too happy about it, reports CBS New York.

Nearly two hundred police officers were on duty as part of crowd control measures at New Baptist Church, where Houston’s service was held, and later at a private family gathering. The $187,000 tab represents 5 percent of the police department’s $4 million annual budget, according to CBS New York.

“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 told CBS. “If (the Houston family) wanted it to go that far, do that much, they should have been the ones providing for it."

Read more at CBS New York.

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