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Gary Lovetro
PSWID board chairman

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Awash in water

Lots of water. No new rate increases. Under budget and on time. So why don’t you all love me? That’s the gist of Saturday’s Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District’s two-hour public hearing that resulted in the approval of a $3 million budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year, which includes a $128,000 investment in a fourth, deep well. Despite the seeming gush of good news for the once water-crippled community, the tone of Saturday’s meeting at times seemed defensive, with repeated jibes directed at gadfly-critic Sam Schwalm, who sat quietly in the front row throughout the two-hour meeting, interjecting only occasional questions.

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