Board of Assessors

Eric Hamm- Chair

Phyllis Stever


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

PENDING PRELIMINARY CERTIFICATION                                       

Date: November 16, 2015                    


Notice Of Value Adjustments  Disclosure Period NOVEMBER 16TH Thru  DECEMBER 1ST
State law requires towns to assess value of property for tax purposes at 100 percent of the market value.  As the market changes the valuations must also change.  The assessors have completed a revaluation process and now have received permission to release preliminary values for fiscal 2016. 
The list of all taxable property values is available for review at the Town Hall, Stowell Building, and the General Store.  The list is also available online to download at the town's website Owners may contact the board of assessors by phone or email during this two week period with questions or concerns.   Any subsequent adjustments in value  before final value approval will be explained by letter from the assessors to the property owner

Applications for abatement are available online at the above cited assessors website.

Abatement applications must be received by the assessors during the one month period following the mailing of the actual (third quarter) tax bill, typically before February 1st


The Board of Assessors will meet on November 24th at 7PM at 24 S. Main, New Salem.


The Assistant Assessor will be available throughout the disclosure period  on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9 till noon excluding November 25th, 26th, and 27th when we will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  The office can be reached at the telephone  number and email address cited above.



New Salem Board of Assessors

Eric Hamm (Chairman)

Phyllis Stever


Kenneth Holmberg

New Salem Assistant Assessor

Click here for a list of FY16 Personal Property Values
Click here for a list of FY15 & FY16 Property Values


Real Estate FAQs 

How are Assessments Determined?

Exemption FAQs

Exemption Forms


Abatement Information

Motor Vehicle FAQs

Motor Vehicle Excise and Abatements




MainStreet GIS: New Salem Maps and Tax Information.


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

Brochure for Blind Exemption

Brochure for Charity Exemption

Brochure for Elderly Exemption

Brochure for Seniors, Surviving Spouse & Minor Child Exemption

Brochure for Veterans Exemption


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.