Frequently Asked Questions

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Town Coordinator FAQs
How do I get on the Selectboard agenda?

To request a spot on the Selectboard agenda please contact the Town Coordinator using the contact us page. Or call 978-544-6437 and leave your name, number and the reason you need to meet with the Selectboard.

Who are the town Committee members?

You can view more information in the Committees section of website. You can also call our Town Coordinator at 978-544-6437 for a copy of that information.

Town Clerk FAQs

How do I obtain a copy of a Birth or Death Certificate?
Certified copies of Birth and Death Certificates are $10.00 each. Birth and Death Certificates are filed in the community the birth or death occurred, and in most cases in the community the person resided in at the time of the event.
How do I obtain a Marriage License?

Filing fee: $15.00 (includes a certified copy of the record after the marriage.)
Notice of Intentions: The couple must file intentions together. The marriage license is valid for 60 days. There is a three-day waiting period from the day the intentions are filed until the day the marriage license can be picked up
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How do I obtain a Business Certificate?

What is a business certificate?

Commonly referred to by the name “D.B.A.” (“doing business as”), a business certificate creates a public record of the name and address of the owner(s) of a business. Consumers are entitled to this information and it may not otherwise be readily available.

Who must file a business certificate?

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 110, & 5 states that any person conducting business in the Commonwealth under any title other than the real name of the person conducting the business must file a certificate. Under Chapter 110, & 6 a business certificate is not required if a corporation is doing business in its true corporate name, or if a partnership is doing business under any title which includes the true surname of any partner. Certain other associations and partnerships may also be exempt (refer to above citation for details.)

How do I file or renew a business certificate?

Forms are available in the Town Clerk’s Office. Each person named on the certificate must sign the form in person at the Town Clerk’s Office. Proper identification will be required. The filing fee is $20.00.

How do I request a public record?

The Town Clerk and Town Coordinator are the Records Access Officers for the Town of New Salem, with the exception of requests for information from the Police Department. If you would like to request a record, you may visit the contact page.

Selectboard FAQs

How do I make a Public Records REquest?

The Town Clerk, Town Coordinator are the Records Access Officers for the Town of New Salem, with the exception of requests for information from the Police Department.

If you would like to request a record, you may contact the Records Access Officers using the contact us page.

The Police Chief is the Records Access Officer for requests related to the Police Department.

How do I get on the Selectboard agenda?

To request a spot on the Selectboard agenda please contact the Town Coordinator using the contact us page. Or call 978-544-6437 and leave your name, number and the reason you need to meet with the Selectboard.

Tax Collector FAQs

The valuation is incorrect on my Real Estate or Personal Property bill. What do I do?

The Assessors’ Office is responsible for setting the Real Estate and Personal Property tax rate, determining the valuation for each property and how much tax is assessed. If you have questions about the content or valuation of your Real Estate or Personal Property bill you need to contact the Assessors’ Office.

Assessors' Office

Phone: 978-544-5814
Email: newsalemassessor@gmail.com
Address: 24 S. Main Street, New Salem, MA 01355
Hours: 2nd and 4th Tuesday 7PM - 9PM; Wednesdays 9AM - 12PM

I need an abatement. What do I do?

Abatement forms are available on the Assessors' page and should be submitted directly to them. If appropriate they will issue an abatement and send a copy of the abatement notice directly to you. They will also send a copy of the abatement notice to the Tax Collector’s office to apply to your bill.

Click Here for Abatement Forms

Our Mission Statement

To further the mission of the Finance Department and the Town of New Salem through the timely billing, collecting, recording, posting and depositing of all taxes committed to the office by the Assessors.

The Collector is committed to provide prompt and courteous service to individuals or organizations seeking information or assistance.

Assessors' FAQs

What is the Senior Tax Abatement Program?

Could you use a break on your real estate taxes?

Volunteer at the library or a town office and earn a tax abatement if you qualify. To qualify you must be over 60 and your income must be below $30,000 for single; $45,000 for couple. There can only be one abatement per household. Your maximum earnings would be $750.00 at $8.00 per hour.

This opportunity starts April 1st. Contact Diana Smith at 978-544-6334 if you are interested.

Who are the town Committee members?

You can view more information in the Committees section of website. You can also call our Town Coordinator at 978-544-6437 for a copy of that information.

What is the mission of the Board of Assessors?

The mission of the Assessing Department is to serve the public interest and help assure the financial stability of the Town of New Salem by exhibiting the highest level of competence and professionalism. To this end, the Department’s 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.

Transfer Station & Recycling Center FAQs

What items do you NOT accept?

Items not accepts at the Transfer Station are as follows:

  • Propane Tanks
  • Tires
  • Car Batteries
  • Motor Oil
  • Antifreeze
  • Oil Filters
  • Televisions
  • Yard Waste
  • Oil-based Paints
  • Thinners
  • Hazardous Materials
What items do you collect?

Items we collect are as followed:

  • Fluorescent Bulbs
  • CRT Screens
  • Needle Sharps (call ahead)
  • Alkaline Batteries
  • Button Batteries
  • Rechargeable Power Tools
  • Cameras
  • Laptop Batteries
  • Cell Phone Batteries
  • Cell Phones
What items CAN NOT be Recycled?

Items we are unable to recycle are as followed:

  • Dirty Containers
  • Foam Containers
  • Plastic Grocery Bags
  • Flower Pots
  • Pottery
  • Styrofoam
  • Polystyrene
  • Plastic Toys
  • Window Glass
  • Drinking Glasses
  • Pyrex Plates

Recent Updates

Playground Committee FAQs

What is the mission of the Playground Committee?

The Playground Committee was formed to review the condition and make the necessary improvements to the public playground equipment located behind the Library.

Old Home Day FAQs

What is the Old Home Day Committee?

The Old Home Day Committee plans the town’s annual Old Home Day that takes place on a Saturday in July (usually the third one). We plan events like:

  • Firemen’s Breakfast
  • Congregational Church Lunch
  • Firemen’s Lunch
  • Vendors
  • 1794 Meetinghouse Silent Auction
  • Council on Aging Tin Can Auction
  • Parade
  • Sporting contests
  • Library Book Sale
  • Arts & Crafts Show
  • Free pony ride
  • Bounce house
  • Evening presentation by the 1794 Meetinghouse

Every year special events and performances are presented!

Animal Control FAQs

How do I report a lost or found animal?

To report a found or missing animal, please call 978-544-7530. Please leave your name, phone number and description of the animal and we will get back to you as soon as possible. You can also visit the New Salem Dog Pound's Facebook page for updates on newly found animals.

Is it okay to feed the wildlife?

No, please do not feed wildlife! There are a myriad of reported bear issues (they like bird feeders and trash). It is illegal to trap and move wildlife to a different location (even for us). If there is a problem with nuisance wildlife, please call the Massachusetts Environmental Police. The 7-day, emergency statewide dispatch phone number is 1-800-632-8075.

Town of New Salem

Municipal Offices

Stowell Building
19 S. Main Street
New Salem, MA 01355

Town Hall Annex
24 S. Main Street
New Salem, MA 01355

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