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
http://newsalem-massachusetts.org/townoffices/assessors. 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
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.
Board of Assessors will meet on November 24th at 7PM at 24 S. Main, New Salem.
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
Salem Board of Assessors
Salem Assistant Assessor
Click here for a list of FY16 Personal Property Values
Click here for a list of FY15 & FY16 Property Values
Board of Assessors Seeks Two Replacements
The Board of Assessors is seeking two replacements. One for the pending retirement of chair Phyllis Stever, who has served for ten years, and the other for the open slot previously existing. It is required that the board have three members, however a board of two members meets the minimum requirement for a quorum. The pending departure of Phyllis will leave the board (and the town) in a predicament where, with only one assessor, we cannot legally function, sign paperwork required by the state, and allow the town to operate. 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.
Planning Board Seeking New Member
The Planning Board is looking for a new member to replace one who retired. If you might be interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone Hugh at 978-544-1856.
Board of Health Hours Change and Update
During the week of Thanksgiving, the Board of Health Office will be open on Tuesday, November 24th from 9:00am-noon. The following week it will also be open on Tuesday, December 1st from 9:00am-noon. The Board of Health office will then be back to the normal hours of Thursday from 9:00 am to noon.
In December, the Board of Health office will be open on Christmas Eve Thursday, Dec 24th from 9am-noon and New Years Eve, Thursday, Dec 31 from 9am-noon.
Rob Roy won the free bags from the Transfer Station for the month of Oct. Even when he is not working at the Transfer station he is picking up the rubbish on the side of the road and helping to keep New Salem clean. Thank You for all your hard work.
Demo and metal containers have been taken away for the winter. They will return in April.
Board of Health Seeking Relief Attendant
The Board of Health is looking for a relief attendant at the Transfer Station. You can either contact Bob at the Transfer Station or see Donna at the Board of Health office at the Stowell Building on Thursdays from 9:00-noon or call 978-544-1856.
As of July 1, 2015, New Salem is part of the Upper Pioneer Valley Veterans' Services District. More information here.
New Salem Transfer Station News
Winners: The winner for the July Cleanup New Salem contest was Bruce Spencer. He won a package of 10 trash bags for cleaning up the side of the road. If you are interested in trying to win some free bags, talk to Bob at the Transfer Station and he will let you know what you need to do to try and win.
Suggestion Box at Transfer Station: There will be a suggestion box at the New Salem Transfer Station. If you have any suggestions for ways to improve the Transfer Station just leave it in the box.
Selectboard Meetings: The Selectboard normally meets at 7:00 pm. on every other Monday at the Stowell Building. If the Monday is a holiday, the Selectboard meet on the Tuesday of that week. To verify a meeting date, contact the Town Coordinator at 544-6437.
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 email@example.com, join our meetings, or "like" our New Salem Community Garden page at (https://www.facebook.com/Newsalemcommunitygarden2014?ref=bookmarks) on Facebook.
Bat Exposure Information
If you have questions about potential rabies exposures or how to submit a bat to MDPH for rabies testing, please call the MDPH, Division of Epidemiology and Immunization at (617) 983-6800. Detailed information is attached. For additional information on rabies, you may also visit the website at www.mass.gov/dph/rabies.
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.