What is a base rate utility?

The proposed stormwater program is based on a base rate utility.  This means that properties (both residential and non-residential) in the Township would be charged one base rate. This utility base rate has no relationship to property size but is in relation to costs necessary to operate the system.  No singularly owned residential properties (single family homes, townhouses, etc.) would be proposed to pay anything more that the base user rate.  

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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?
4. Who pays the base rate utility?
5. Are property owners who don’t use public sewer and water part of the base rate utility?
6. Why not use the Township’s General Fund to absorb these costs?
7. 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?
8. What is mandated?
9. Why is this a utility?
10. What is considered a developed property?
11. What is the Cranberry Township General Authority?
12. What's the basis for the utility system management?
13. Who pays the utility?
14. How will the proposed stormwater management program be implemented?
15. What will the two-year approach look like?
16. What about commercial properties?
17. How will the Township calculate impervious surfaces for commercial properties?
18. What if my house is smaller than my neighbor's house?
19. What’s the difference between a publicly or privately-owned stormwater system?
20. How is this utility different from a tax?
21. How does the appeal process work?
22. What is the summary of the program?
23. Why didn’t residents know about this sooner?
24. Are credits given?