“How Do We Know That We’re Getting Our Tax Dollars’ Worth?”  

Representative Jay Kaufman’s award winning public policy forum, “OPEN HOUSE,” tackles the taxes you pay in return for the services rendered in “How Do We Know We’re Getting Our Tax Dollars’ Worth?”. The forum, the fourth of the 20th season, will be held Thursday, December 18th, 7:00PM-8:00PM at the historic Depot in Lexington Center (13 Depot Square in Lexington Center).   

Joining Representative Kaufman will be Mark Fine, the Director of the Municipal Planning department at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC). The MAPC is a regional planning agency serving the people who live and work in the 101 cities and towns of Metro Boston.  Before joining MAPC, Mark served as the Managing Director of the Office of Commonwealth Performance, Accountability and Transparency, a newly created office within the Executive Office for Administration and Finance. In that role, he led the state’s MassResults performance management initiative and sought to improve the transparency of state spending and performance information through new online tools. He also helped create the Commonwealth Performance, Accountability and Transparency office.  Mark had previously spent seven and a half years working as a civil servant in the British Treasury on a range of issues, such as infrastructure finance, housing policy, local taxation and public services reform.

Does the Commonwealth utilize our tax dollars wisely? How do we score on performance, transparency and accountability?  How does Massachusetts compare to other states in taxes paid and services rendered? Is the term “Taxachusetts” unfair? Will regionalization save us on overall taxes? Find out the answers to these questions and bring your own. Don’t miss this forum December 18th, from 7PM-8PM. As always, the forum will take its shape largely from questions from the audience. Questions can also be submitted in advance at www.jaykaufman.com, or tweet your questions to @repjaykaufman.

 In 1997, OPEN HOUSE was awarded the prestigious Beacon Award, cable television’s equivalent of an Emmy. The series was also named the best television series by Massachusetts Cable Television Commission. The OPEN HOUSE series is produced through a partnership between Representative Kaufman and LexMedia which records the forums for broadcast in Lexington and Woburn.