What is mandated?

To meet state or federal mandated requirements a proposed comprehensive stormwater management program is needed to fund and maintain projects that would maintain and improve stormwater infrastructure. If these requirements are not met, the Township is subject to very serious fines by the PA DEP and U.S. EPA. To meet mandates, the Township has implemented a pollution reduction plan that is compliant with their Municipal Separate Storm Water System (MS4) permit.

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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?