Ra'anana is considering whether to join a breakaway union of 15 large cities that have withdrawn from the Interior Ministry's Center for Local Authority that covers all 256 local authorities in Israel, reports www.local.co.il. The "Forum of 15," which already includes Herzliya and Kfar Saba, does not receive any central government funding, but says that in return it makes its own decisions and saves considerable amounts of money in not having to carry the burden for other, less financially stable local authorities. According to the report, Ra'anana will soon make a decision on whether to join the group, which was formed by cities which felt their interests were not being served by the central authority. One issue which brought about their "secession" was an instruction by the Interior Ministry to form a union to collect residents' water fees. The larger cities said they should not be expected to bear the financial burden for cities that did not manage matters properly. Ra'anana said that if it joined the Forum, it would only need to pay NIS 1.5 million instead of the NIS 3 million it currently pays to the Center.