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?

The General Fund dollars have not funded the stormwater program needs on a consistent basis nor fully funded the Program. The dollars have fluctuated over the years, depending upon the availability of capital dollars and the demand on General Fund dollars. It is anticipated the Township will need to consistently fund the Stormwater Management Program in the amount of $2M within the next several years.  For 2020, the General Fund funds will continue to be assigned to stormwater projects. In 2021, the Stormwater Fee will start replacing those dollars from the General Fund. The General Fund will then be positioned to fund anticipated increased costs in public safety and road maintenance, the core purpose of the General Fund, without the need for a General Fund 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?
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?