Newark Residents to Pay Whitney Houston Funeral Costs

NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 18: Pallbearers carry the casket of Whitney Houston to a hearse outside New Hope Baptist Church after funeral services on February 18, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. Whitney Houston was found dead in her hotel room at The Beverly Hilton hotel on February 11, 2012. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images) Photo: Michael Nagle/2012 Getty Images

Newark taxpayers are on the hook for $187,000 of expenditures related to Whitney Houston's funeral in her hometown on February 18. The price tag is a result of the extra police manpower needed to manage crowds during the funeral proceedings. Many are angered that the public is now having to pay for a ceremony that was closed to them and only open to select invitees.