By Daryl Kelley
It was a short honeymoon.
Just after the Casitas Municipal Water District hired Steve Wickstrum as general manager last week, he was neck deep in a fiscal swamp that tested his calm nature.
“Within the first 10 minutes we were right into budgets and water rates,” Wickstrum, a 23-year veteran at the water agency, said afterward. “That’s the district’s biggest problem, getting the funding right.”