What is the summary of the program?

Cranberry Township has been ordered by the Federal and State government to increase its responsibilities in managing stormwater runoff, just like thousands of other municipalities across the country.  This unfunded mandate is incurring annual costs upon the Township to maintain its stormwater system in a manner acceptable to meet current regulations and permits.  These new costs are not sustainable under the current financing system, creating emerging threats to maintaining the Township’s core services. The approach here is the same approach taken with sewer and water services, they are not paid for by the General Fund, but, based upon fair and equitable charges to the users of those systems.  A utility system approach recommended as the most appropriate response to these mandates and adopted by thousands of municipalities across the country.  Cranberry’s approach includes a partnership between its General Authority and Cranberry Township to implement this recommendation in the most fair and efficient manner possible.

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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?