Why not use the Township’s General Fund to absorb these costs?

If the Township would use its General Fund, which is mostly funded through taxes, then tax-exempt properties would not be contributing to the entire system’s maintenance and sustainability.  Funding for stormwater would then have to compete with other important spending priorities. To ensure that stormwater maintenance remains a priority, it is important to implement an adequate and stable revenue source. If the Growing stormwater costs remain in the General Fund, it would either result in a cut in basic services and/or a tax increase.

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1. What is stormwater and why is it a concern for Cranberry Township?
2. What is the Township’s Stormwater Management Program?
3. What is a base rate utility and who pays it?
4. Are property owners who don’t use public sewer and water part of the base rate utility?
5. Why not use the Township’s General Fund to absorb these costs?
6. If the stormwater rate is to generate funds to replace the dollars currently coming from the General Fund, how are those General Fund dollars being re-purposed?
7. What is mandated?
8. Why is this a utility?
9. What is considered a developed property?
10. What is the Cranberry Township General Authority?
11. What's the basis for the utility system management?
12. How will the proposed stormwater management program be implemented?
13. What about commercial properties?
14. How will the Township calculate impervious surfaces for commercial properties?
15. What if my house is smaller than my neighbor's house?
16. What’s the difference between a publicly or privately-owned stormwater system?
17. How is this utility different from a tax?
18. How does the appeal process work?
19. What is the summary of the program?