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Houston's Burial Cost Westfield Taxpayers $9,000

Late pop singer Whitney Houston's funeral service and burial at Fairview Cemetery cost NJ taxpayers nearly $199,000 in police overtime, according to reports.

Whitney Houston's Feb. 19 burial at  cost Westfield taxpayers $9,000, The Star Ledger reported Friday morning

"That was to, primarily, maintain traffic flow and safety on and along the roads," Mayor Andy Skibitsky told the Ledger. "And I know Fairview Cemetery incurred significantly more than that in expenses to provide security at the cemetery."

Following Houston's burial, the private 105-acre cemetery employed off-duty police officers to ensure that only those with loved ones buried on the property were admitted. 

The Newark Police Department spent $187,621 in overtime costs for personnel staffing the funeral of Houston, whose star-studded memorial service in February drew a horde of media from around the globe to the city. 

The information on police overtime was obtained under a public records request. The Newark Police Department did not immediately respond to additional requests for information last week. 

Police officers were stationed at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark within hours of the singer’s passing Feb. 11 in Beverly Hills. Newark police were also on hand the following day, when normal Sunday services were dedicated to Houston's memory and reporters gathered at the church to interview congregants.

The Essex County Sheriff’s Office spent close to $2,000 in overtime, according to Sheriff Armando Fontoura, who told the Ledger that he used members of his "volunteer deputy division" to stave off manpower costs. The only officers who required overtime were the K-9 and Bomb Squad units who checked the church in the hours before the funeral began.

The 48-year-old singer, who was found dead in the bathroom of her Beverly Hills hotel room on Feb. 11, was buried next to her father, John Houston. 

Pete April 07, 2012 at 11:36 AM
90c here, $1 there and voila, here's your 5 figure tax bill.
middle schooler April 07, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Maybe you have the money to pay for it, but others don't. Hey, let's make all burials payed for by tax dollars, even if they are bathing in money!!!! In order to be fair to everyone, that is what we would have to do!!! So count that money up. Lets use aprox. 100 burials. $9000x100burials/10000 hard-working taxpayers=$90 each. Yah sure. So fair and it doesnt cost anything.
Jeff B April 07, 2012 at 12:54 PM
The $9,000 spent by the town isn't as significant as that "Fairview Cemetery incurred significantly more than that in expenses to provide security at the cemetery." I am personally aware that police were still there on March 24. This has to have put a big hole in their budget. The already very substantial one-time fees to purchase a gravesite and then open and close (and maintain) it after a person passes away may go up a non-trivial amount, as those fees seem to be Fairview's principal source of revenue to pay expenses from.
Rusty Cut April 07, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Surprisingly not all that much. Good news.
JERSEY GIRL April 09, 2012 at 02:39 PM
What are they building at Fariview in the location of her grave?? Does anyone have any info? Looks like they are building a bldg of her grave......

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