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pwaldo
04-09-2012, 08:52 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/newark-residents-miffed-over-bill-whitney-houstons-funeral-214223705.html


Newark residents are being left to pick up the bill for Whitney Houston's funeral, and, surprisingly, they aren't happy about it. The demands of the high-profile funeral attendees have left the city of Newark with a $187,000 bill for police overtime. Police acted as barriers between fans and the proceedings on the day of the funeral of the Newark native who drowned in February. Nearly 200 officers were posted to the New Batist Church on the day of the funeral. The $187,000 bill for police overtime represents 5% of the city's annual police budget.

One resident told CBS that if Houston's family wanted the funeral to be as much of a spectacle as it was, then they should have copped the bill. “If they wanted it to go that far, do that much, they should have been the ones providing for it,” the resident said.

steelers#1fan
04-09-2012, 09:11 PM
Since he felt so highly of Houston, NJ Governor Chris Christie should split the bill with Witney's family. I can't believe they are making the taxpayers pay the bill!


http://news.yahoo.com/newark-residents-miffed-over-bill-whitney-houstons-funeral-214223705.html

habsheaven
04-09-2012, 10:00 PM
If the police did not want to meet the "demands" of the high-profile guests, they could have refused. Houston's family had every right to hold a funeral in her hometown and they had no obligation to pay for extra security because so many "taxpayers" wanted to gawk.

steelers#1fan
04-10-2012, 05:30 AM
You're right, Houstons family had every right to hold the funeral in her home town, but on the same token, Houstons family knew what kind of circus this would be if they invited high profile guests. And I'm sure it was no secret as to when the services were to take place, so that's just inviting crowds of onlookers to view the funeral. I'm sorry, but I can't understand why you feel the taxpayers should foot the bill on this. Bottom line is, Witneys family wanted the high profile funeral with all it's glitz and glamour, then they should have to pay for it. Plain and simple.
Also, couldn't have Witneys family have refused the extra security?


If the police did not want to meet the "demands" of the high-profile guests, they could have refused. Houston's family had every right to hold a funeral in her hometown and they had no obligation to pay for extra security because so many "taxpayers" wanted to gawk.

angel0430
04-10-2012, 10:55 AM
There is no way that this has to be paid by the taxpayers. They wanted to have a funeral like, then they have to pay for it. This is going to be a mess.

habsheaven
04-10-2012, 11:15 AM
Did the family ASK for security? Did the family have any say in how the security was arranged? If not, they are not obligated to pay for it. I am sure many of the attendees already have personal...

hawk2618
04-10-2012, 11:32 AM
Maybe for next year's New Year's Times Square celebration they can charge admission to cover the security costs. Afterall, why should the people staying at home for the evening have to pay for it? <br />
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Star_Cards
04-10-2012, 11:45 AM
I can see both sides. I don't know if the family asked for security or if the police just showed up because they knew it would or could get out of hand. I think at some level of expense costs should be pushed back to the estate of the deceased, but at the same time if the police show up to run security and weren't requested is it still right for them to bill the family the cost of showing up? I'm not really sure on this one right now.

angel0430
04-10-2012, 11:49 AM
The governor should pay for it out of pocket....

duane1969
04-10-2012, 12:28 PM
I agree with habs, the police should have stayed away unless called for. Other than basic traffic control (pretty standard for funerals) the police should have stayed home and let the funeral progress. If the family wanted extra security they could/should have hired a private security firm.