Town Election

Information about the May 1 election, is here. 

The important dates for this year’s annual election on Monday, May 1st are:
Last day to obtain nomination papers, Friday March 10th,
Last day to submit papers to registrars of voters for certification, Monday, March 13th, and
Last day to register to vote, Tuesday, April 11th.

March Board of Health hours

In March the Board of Health Office will be closed on Thursday, March 16, and open on Monday, March 13, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. instead. The rest of the month it will be open on Thursdays 9 a.m. to noon.

FY17 Real Estate and Personal Property 3rd Quarter Tax Bills Due

The 3rd and 4th quarter Fiscal Year 2017 Real Estate and Personal Property Tax bills were mailed out in December. This is to remind you that FY2017 3rd Quarter Real Estate and Personal Property taxes are now due and payable. The due date for the 3rd quarter bills is February 1, 2017. Payments received after that date will be charged interest and fees.

 If you have questions regarding your bill you may call (978) 544-5775 and leave a message stating your name, phone number and the address of your property.  You may also email your request for information to newsalemtax@aol.com.  Questions regarding the assessed value of your property, abatements or exemptions should be directed to the Assessors at (978) 544-5814 or newsalemassessor@hotmail.com.

Non-cash payments may be deposited in the tax payment drop box located in front of the town hall or mailed to the Tax Collector’s office at 24 S. Main St., New Salem, MA 01355. Please do not postdate checks. Payments may also be scheduled or paid online at www.unitaxonline.com. Cash payments (exact change only, please) may be made during the Tax Collector’s office hours at 24 S. Main Street on Tuesdays 5-7pm and Thursdays 10am-Noon. 

 Assessment information and abatement forms can be found on the Assessors or Tax Collector pages at the town website at www.newsalem-massachusetts.org.


The Assessors’ Office in each Massachusetts town is required to collect information on second homes, rental properties, businesses and all other taxable personal property located within town. 


Business Form of List (State Tax Form 2)

Incorporated and non-incorporated businesses  must report all equipment and machinery.  In addition, non-incorporated businesses must report inventory such as office furniture, filing cabinets, chairs, adding machines, computers, printers, motorized tools, etc.  Farm animals, unregistered motor vehicles and unregistered construction equipment must also be reported. If you depreciate the furnishings on your federal tax return, you or your accountant may already have an itemized list and you could attach that to the Form of List rather than filling out the tables on the form.


Household Form of List (2HF):

Owners of second homes, duplexes, etc. must report all furnishings and appliances including refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, washers and driers, TV’s, lawnmowers, dishes, eating & cooking utensils, furniture, etc.  If you purchased your property furnished, and you were provided with a value for the contents of the home at the time of purchase you may submit that information (copy of purchase and sale agreement, appraisal, etc.) by attaching it to the form of list.  If your property is insured, the insurance company should be able to provide you with a list of the contents and their insured value OR a lump sum value for all of the contents. You may attach a letter from your insurance company or a copy of your insurance coverage page to the Form of List rather than filling out the tables on the form.


Forms  available from the assessors office (978-544-5814) and on our website.





Applications for elderly (65 and older)  property owners domiciled in New Salem who meet the income, and asset criteria for the 41-C and 17-D exemptions must be received no later than April 1, 2017


Applications for veterans with documented disabilities must received by April 1st.


The criteria for these two exemptions are listed below. Gross income is subject to a social security exemption allowance (i. e. we do not include this amount) of $4,523 for the retired worker (if single) with an additional $2,262 for his/her spouse. Total household income must be verifiable by tax returns and/or earnings statements. Assets include all bank accounts, IRA’s, stocks, investments, personal property, and real estate excluding primary residence.




Minimum Age

Maximum income

Maximum Assets

17-D single / married



No maximum


41-C single





41-C married






Forms are available from the assessor's office (978-544-5814) and on our website.

Detached Apartment Planning Board meeting

The Planning Board is considering proposing a change to the Zoning Bylaw to allow for detached accessory apartments, including "tiny houses." Anyone interested in assisting the Board in devising policy regarding this issue is invited to attend our next meeting at 7:30 p.m. on February 1, at the Stowell Building, 19 South Main St. We would like to hear your opinions and ideas on this matter. You may also send your comments to planningboard@newsalem-massachusetts.org .


Selectboard Meetings
This month the Selectboard meets Mondays on 13th and 27th at 7 p.m. This follows the usual schedule of meeting every other Monday. If the Monday is a holiday, the Selectboard meets on the Tuesday of that week. To verify a meeting date, contact the Town Coordinator at 544-6437.

Notice from the Animal Control Officer

Please do not drop animals off at the Animal Control Officer’s residence. Please call 978 544-7530 and I or a substitute will happily pick it up. There are many new protocols that must be followed.  I came home last week and there was a dog in a crate at my home with no information - no one had called ahead and there was no note. It is necessary to know who is dropping off said animals in case more information is needed. If animals are dropped off without calling ahead, I will have to change the area of the kennel and add video security. Thank you for understanding. I/we do act on all calls received.

On another note - please do not feed wildlife! There are tons of bear issues (they like bird feeders and trash). It is illegal to trap and move wildlife to a different location (even for us). If there is a problem with nuisance wildlife, please call the Massachusetts Environmental Police. Thank you, Gail Spring, New Salem Animal Control Officer.”
The 7-day, emergency statewide dispatch phone number is 1-800-632-8075.

Board of Health News

Anyone interested in collecting the recyclable cans and bottles from the New Salem Transfer Station should submit a written request and what organization will benefit from it to New Salem Board of Health 19 South Main Street, New Salem Ma. 01355. The cans need to be picked up weekly when the Transfer Station is open and you need to have a valid Transfer Station Permit.

Recycling Information
Check out the Springfield MRF Advisory Board's 2014 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Guide, online at: www.tinyurl.com/RRR2014

Money Available for Recreation Activities

The New Salem Recreation Committee has money available to sponsor recreation activities for New Salem residents, in addition to its traditional events. If you would like to organize a recreational activity or event, please contact Karen Duplissie at 544-8614, Jeanne Clayton at 544-7924 or Jane Clukay at 544-2660.

Broadband Stories

Our neighbors (and would-be neighbors) talk about why they need broadband. 

See their stories here.

Town of New Salem

Municipal Offices 


Stowell Building

19 S. Main Street

New Salem, MA 01355


Town Coordinator



Town Hall Annex

24 S. Main Street

New Salem, MA 01355

Town Clerk

Tax Collector



Frequently Used Links                

Meeting and Notice Calendar

Town & Local Events Calendar & News

New Salem Community Garden Facebook Page

Broadband Committee page

How do I contact....?

Transfer Station & Recycling Center Information 

Online Tax Payments

Burn Permits

2015 Annual Report


Board of Assessors Seek One Replacement

The Board of Assessors is seeking one replacement for the pending retirement of chair, Phyllis Stever, who has served for ten years. It is required that the board have three members, however a board of two members meets the minimum requirement for a quorum. The board meets twice monthly (2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm.) through most of the year and meetings are normally under two hours in length.  There is a stipend for board members. Please call our office at 978-544-5814, if you are a town resident and are interested in joining the board.  Potential candidates would
meet with the current Board and upon their recommendation, be appointed by the Selectboard. When the members term is expired they must be elected. Current members of the Board as of this date are Eric Hamm (Chair), Phyllis Stever and David Briand.

New Salem Agricultural Commission
The Agricultural Commission is looking for new members, as we now have 6 members for generating ideas, assisting with planning and development! The Agricultural Commission is developing a listing of speakers to join our winter/spring meetings to discuss issues such as, pollinator development, amending soil, best organic practices.  We would like to invite other gardeners from other community projects, so spread the word! If you are interested in having your soil tested, please contact us, as we now have a connection through UMass. We are seeking public input on specific topics you may want more information about, whether that is through public presentations or research findings. Send an email to sspiewak20@yahoo.com, join our meetings, or "like" our New Salem Community Garden page at (https://www.facebook.com/Newsalemcommunitygarden2014?ref=bookmarks) on Facebook.


Personnel Committee
Due to a recent resignation, the Personnel Committee is looking for a new member. Contact Nancy Aldrich at 978-544-6437 if you are interested.


Energy Committee
The New Salem Energy Committee is on a hiatus as only two members remain. They are now working with Wendell on grants for energy upgrades at Swift River School. The Town of Wendell has suggested working with New Salem on “Solarize Mass” which provides group rates on multiple solar installations. Please contact Nancy Aldrich at 978-544-6437 if you are interested in working with the Energy Committee.

Representative Needed for Franklin County Technical School District Committee
The Town of New Salem is looking for someone to represent the Town on the Franklin County Technical School District Committee.  If you are interested in serving your town in this capacity, please call the Town Moderator, Calvin Layton at 978-544-7892 or e-mail him at calvin.layton@gmail.com.

Recycling Information

The Franklin County Solid Waste District has made available information on recycling options in the county. Please see attached flyers.

Recycling in Franklin County Flyer

Why Recycle Flyer

New Electronic Waste Collection Program

The Solid Waste District has partnered with MRM and Electronic Recyclers to offer towns a new electronic waste program.  New Salem has an agreement with the Wendell Transfer Station allowing us to bring TVs to their landfill for a fee depending on the size of the TV. However, Wendell can NOT charge you for the following brands of electronics, so you can dispose of them FREE!  Mitsubishi,  Panasonic, Quasar, Sharp, Toshiba, Technics, and Vizio.