Newark, N.J. taxpayers are on the hook for $187,000 – 5 percent of the town’s annual police department budget – following singer Whitney Houston’s funeral, CBS NY reports.
That figure represents the wages of the 200 or so officers who stood guard during the service, CBS reports.
“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.
On the other hand, could the site of Houston’s home going service become a tourist attraction? The Northern Ohio News-Herald reported that Elvis Presley continues making money 35 years after his death.
“Graceland … has averaged more than 600,000 visitors a year, with more than 750,000 a couple of years,” the News-Herald reported, referring to Elvis’ estate in Memphis, which includes his gravesite. “With an average ticket price of $36, that works out to $21.6 million in annual ticket sales. Graceland spokesman Kevin Kern says roughly half of revenue is from ticket sales and half from licensing and merchandising.”
What’s your opinion? Should Houston’s family reimburse the town, or should Newark bank on revenue from fans making the trek there?
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