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.