Board of Assessors

Phyllis Stever - Chair

Eric Hamm

Jean Derderian


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 - 8:00 PM

Wednesday:          9:00 AM - Noon

See the Assessors for:

        Questions regarding property valuations

        Tax Abatements

        Tax Exemptions

        Property cards or maps

Announcements from the Board of Assessors

The tax rates for FY14 have  been set at $16.12 for residential property and $19.66 for Commercial property and third quarter payments for FY14 are due to the Collector by February 4, 2014. 

Abatements Elderly Exemptions

Property owners seeking an abatement on their FY14 taxes must apply using the official application before February 1st.  The application can be obtained on the New Salem website at

Applications for abatements must be received or postmarked (if mailed) before February 1st 2014.

If you are New Salem resident over the age of 70 and have total assets of less than $40,000 (excluding the value of your house) you may be eligible for a “17-D” exemption of $175 on your property tax.  If your income is under $13,000 and your total assets are under $17,000 (excluding the value of your house), you may be eligible for a “41-C” exemption of $500 on your property tax.  Applications are available on the New Salem website at

Exemption applications must be received before the end of March 2014 to be considered.


If you have any questions about your assessment please direct them to the Board of Assessors.  If you would like any of these forms mailed to you contact the Board of Assessors.  Call 978-544-5814 Wednesdays from 9 till noon to speak to the Assistant Assessor, Kenneth Holmberg. The mailing address for the Board of Assessors is 24 S. Main Street, New Salem, MA 01355. The Board of Assessors meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7PM in the Town Hall Annex at 24 S. Main Street.



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.