Assessors Mission & Objectives:


The mission of the Assessing Department is to serve the public interest and help assure the financial stability of New Salem by exhibiting the highest level of competence and professionalism.  To this end, the Departmentís staff pledges its efforts toward the accomplishment of four critical objectives:


        Timely tax billing.

        The attainment of tax equity whereby each taxpayer pays only their fair share of the tax burden.

        The maximization of tax base growth revenue.

        The acceptance by the public of the administration of the property and excise tax systems through prompt, courteous, honest and thorough services.

Board of Assessors

Eric Hamm- Chair

David Briand


Kenneth Holmberg � Asst. Assessor

Town Hall Annex

24 South Main Street

New Salem, MA 01355


Phone:  (978) 544-5814




2nd & 4th Tuesday:  7:00 PM 

Wednesday:          9:00 AM - Noon

See the Assessors for:

        Questions regarding property valuations

        Tax Abatements

        Tax Exemptions

        Property cards or maps

Tax Rate for FY18

Notice 11-28-17

The Board of Assessors have made an interim adjustment to real estate for the current fiscal year (FY18).

The board is responding to noticeable signs that there have been market improvements reflected by sales both in the sale prices and the total number of sales. These values have been approved by the Department of Revenue so we are notifying the public using the Official Town of New Salem Webpage  This notice and a link to the file will be in the upper right-hand corner of the assessors’ webpage.

The amount of the change is modest overall, about 4 to 5% total for most properties.

The pdf file will show the exact amount of the change in value by alphabetical order using the owners last name.

If you have any questions please contact our office by email ( or by phone 978-544-5814. 

Kenneth Holmberg

Assistant Assessor


Real Estate FAQs 

How are Assessments Determined?

Exemption FAQs

Exemption Forms


Abatement Information

Motor Vehicle FAQs

Motor Vehicle Excise and Abatements

Senior Tax Work Off Abatement


GIS Maps and Property Record Cards


Motor Vehicle Excise Abatement Application


Real & Personal Property Abatement Application


Chapter 61A-B Annual Application Form (due 10/1)

Exemption Application


Exemption income and asset guidelines


Form of List 2nd Home application and Form of List Business Application

Brochure for Blind Exemption

Brochure for Charity Exemption

Brochure for Elderly Exemption

Brochure for Seniors, Surviving Spouse & Minor Child Exemption

Brochure for Veterans Exemption