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Dispute on crude sign could cost NC town $225K

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CARY, NC (AP) -- A dispute between the town of Cary and a homeowner over his blunt protest sign may end up costing the Wake County town nearly $225,000.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the figure comes from a judgment the town was ordered to pay David Bowden and from attorney fees.

The town has until Friday to decide if it will appeal a judge's decision in favor of Bowden.

Town officials tried to fine Bowden in 2009 after he painted a sign in neon orange letters on his house saying "Screwed by the town of Cary."

Bowden had the sign painted after his home was damaged by runoff that he blames on town road construction.

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Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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