Board of Assessors

Eric Hamm- Chair

Phyllis Stever

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

The Assessors' Office will be closed and there will be no meetings June 13th-June 30th.

Notice:  Final Value Approval and FY16 Tax Rates

Following a two week disclosure period and DOR approval of values, the Selectboard held a classification hearing and voted again to split the tax rate for FY16.  The tax rate was approved by the DOR on December 15th with the residential rate at $17.23 and the commercial rate set at $22.99.  A town-wide listing of values for real estate appears below.

Tax bills were mailed out by the end of December and third quarter FY16 payments are due by February 1st.  Persons seeking an abatement for either real estate or personal property must apply before the third quarter bill is due.  Applications are available on our website or from the assessor’s office. 

Exemptions for elderly and veterans are also available for those who qualify.  Qualification for elderly are  age 65 and assets under $40,000 (excluding house), and, depending on  annual income, amounts may range from $175 to $1000.  Qualifications for veterans are the documentation of a disability of at least 10% by the Veterans Administration and amounts range from $400 up to $1000 depending on the disability.  All exemption applications must be received by the assessors by the end of March. 

All questions should be addressed  to the Board of Assessors at 978-544-5814 or by emailed to

The Assessors office is open on Wednesday from 9 till noon.

FY16 Assessed value by owner


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.