Form DEF 14A SALISBURY BANCORP INC For: Apr 05

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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES
AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington,
D.C. 20549

SCHEDULE 14A

 

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5 BISSELL STREET

P.O. BOX 1868

LAKEVILLE, CONNECTICUT 06039-1868

(860) 435-9801

 

NOTICE OF 2021 ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS

 

 

Time and Date:

4:00
p.m., Eastern Daylight Savings Time (“EDST”), Wednesday, May 19, 2021

   
Location: Salisbury Bank’s Operations Center, 33 Bissell Street, Lakeville, Connecticut 06039
   
Record Date: Shareholders
at the close of business on March 15, 2021 are entitled to notice of, and to vote at, this Annual Meeting or any adjournment(s)
thereof.
   
Matters to
be voted upon:
1. Election of three (3) directors, each to serve for a three (3) year term who, along with the six (6) directors
whose terms do not expire at this meeting, shall constitute the full Board of Directors of Salisbury Bancorp, Inc.
   
  2. Ratification of the appointment of Baker Newman & Noyes, P.A., LLC as independent
auditors for Salisbury Bancorp, Inc. for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021.
   
  3. Approval,
by non-binding advisory vote, of the compensation of Named Executive Officers.
   
  4. Any
other business properly brought before the meeting and any adjournment(s) thereof.

Your vote is very important
to us and we request that you vote your shares, regardless of the number of shares you own. You can vote your shares via the internet,
toll-free telephone call, or by completing, signing and returning the enclosed proxy card for which a postage-prepaid return envelope
is provided.

Directions to Salisbury Bank’s Operations
Center may be obtained by writing to Shelly L. Humeston, Secretary, Salisbury Bank and Trust Company, 5 Bissell Street, P.O. Box
1868, Lakeville, Connecticut 06039-1868, by email at [email protected] or by calling 1-860-453-3432 or toll-free at 1-800-222-9801.

BY ORDER OF THE BOARD
OF DIRECTORS OF

SALISBURY BANCORP, INC.

Shelly L. Humeston

Secretary

 

April 5, 2021

Lakeville, Connecticut

Whether or not you plan to attend the Annual
Meeting, we encourage you to vote as promptly as possible via the internet, telephone, or by completing, signing and returning
the enclosed proxy card. If you attend the meeting and wish to change your vote, you can do so by voting in person at the meeting.
A Shareholder may also revoke a proxy at any time before it is voted at the Annual Meeting by giving notice, in writing, to Shelly
L. Humeston, Secretary, 5 Bissell Street, P.O. Box 1868, Lakeville, Connecticut 06039-1868. The presence of a Shareholder at the
Annual Meeting will not automatically revoke that Shareholder’s proxy.

 

Salisbury intends to hold the Annual Meeting
in person. However, Salisbury is actively monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) and we are sensitive to public health and concerns
our Shareholders may have and the protocols that federal, state, and local governments may impose. In the event it is not possible
or advisable to hold the Annual Meeting in person or at Salisbury Bank’s Operations Center, we will announce alternative
arrangements as promptly as practicable. Please monitor Salisbury’s website at salisburybank.com for updated information.
If you are planning to attend the Annual Meeting, please check the website one week prior to the meeting date.

 

5 BISSELL STREET

P.O. BOX 1868

LAKEVILLE, CONNECTICUT 06039-1868

(860) 435-9801

PROXY STATEMENT FOR 2021 ANNUAL MEETING
OF SHAREHOLDERS

TO BE HELD ON MAY 19, 2021

 

INTRODUCTION

 

The enclosed proxy card is
solicited by the Board of Directors (the “Board of Directors”) of Salisbury Bancorp, Inc. (“Salisbury”),
for use at the 2021 Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the “Annual Meeting”) to be held on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at
4:00 p.m. EDST, at Salisbury Bank’s Operations Center, 33 Bissell Street, Lakeville, Connecticut 06039, and at any and all
adjournment(s) thereof. Any Proxy given may be revoked at any time before it is actually voted on any matter in accordance with
the procedures set forth on the Notice of Annual Meeting. This Proxy Statement and the enclosed proxy card are being mailed to
Shareholders (the “Shareholders”) of record as of the close of business on March 15, 2021 beginning on or about April
5, 2021. Your vote is important. Please vote your proxy promptly so your shares can be represented.

 

The cost of preparing, assembling
and mailing this Proxy Statement and the material enclosed herewith is being borne by Salisbury. In addition, proxies may be solicited
by directors, officers and employees of Salisbury and Salisbury Bank and Trust Company (the “Bank”) personally by telephone
or other means. Salisbury will reimburse banks, brokers, and other custodians, nominees, and fiduciaries for their reasonable and
actual costs in sending the proxy materials to the beneficial owners of Salisbury’s common stock (the “Common Stock”).

 

 

VOTING, QUORUM AND VOTES REQUIRED

 

The Board of Directors has
fixed the close of business on March 15, 2021 as the record date (the “Record Date”) for the determination of Shareholders
entitled to notice of and to vote at the Annual Meeting. As of the Record Date, 2,845,147 shares of Salisbury’s Common Stock
(par value $0.10 per share) were outstanding and entitled to vote and held by approximately 2,439 Shareholders of Record. Each
share of Common Stock is entitled to one vote on all matters to be presented at the Annual Meeting. Votes withheld and abstentions
are not treated as having voted on any proposal and are counted only for purposes of determining whether a quorum is present at
the Annual Meeting.

 

If the enclosed proxy card is properly executed
and received by Salisbury in time to be voted at the Annual Meeting, the shares represented thereby will be voted in accordance
with the instructions marked thereon. Executed but unmarked proxies will be voted “FOR” all the Nominees in
Proposal 1, “FOR” Proposals 2 and 3, and in accordance with the determination of a majority of the Board of
Directors as to other matters discussed in this Proxy Statement. As of the date of this Proxy Statement, the Board of Directors
and Management do not know of any matters other than those described in the Notice of Annual Meeting that are to come before the
Annual Meeting.

 

If your shares are in a brokerage
or fiduciary account (in “street name”), your broker or bank will send you a voting instruction form instead of a proxy
card. Please follow the instructions on such form to instruct your broker, bank or other holder of record how to vote your shares.

 

Please note that brokers,
banks and other holders of record holding your shares in street name may not vote such shares on “non-routine” matters
such as the election of directors unless they have received voting instructions from the beneficial owner. When instructions are
not received, a “broker non-vote” occurs. Broker non-votes are not treated as having voted on any proposal and are
counted only for purposes of determining whether a quorum is present at the Annual Meeting. If you wish to attend the meeting and
vote your street name shares in person, you must follow the instructions on the voting instruction form to obtain a legal proxy
from your broker, bank or other holder of record. Alternatively, you may vote by telephone or via the internet as instructed by
your broker or bank, if applicable.

 

If you participate in the Salisbury Bank and
Trust Company Employee Stock Ownership Plan (the “ESOP”), you will receive a vote authorization form for the ESOP that
reflects all shares of Salisbury allocated to your account that you may direct the trustee of the ESOP to vote on your behalf.
Under the terms of the ESOP, the ESOP trustee votes all shares held by the ESOP, but each ESOP participant may direct the trustee
how to vote the shares of Salisbury Common Stock allocated to his or her account. The ESOP trustee, subject to the exercise of
its fiduciary responsibilities, will vote all allocated shares for which it has received voting instructions in accordance with
such instructions and will vote all shares for which a participant has marked the vote authorization form to “ABSTAIN”
and all allocated shares for which no voting instructions are received in the same proportion as shares for which it has received
timely voting instructions. The deadline for returning your ESOP vote is 11:59 p.m. EDST Wednesday, May 12, 2021.

 

 

VOTING

 

Via the Internet

If you wish to vote via the internet, go to
www.proxyvote.com and follow the instructions. You will need the 16-digit control number that is included in the Notice
of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials, proxy card or voting instructions form that is sent to you. The internet voting system
allows you to confirm that the system has properly recorded your votes. This method of voting will be available 24 hours a day,
7 days a week, up until 11:59 p.m. EDST, on May 18, 2021.

 

By Telephone

If you wish to vote by telephone, call toll-free
1-800-690-6903 and follow the instructions. You will need the 16-digit control number that is included in the Notice of Internet
Availability of Proxy Materials, proxy card or voting instructions form that is sent to you. As with internet voting, you will
be able to confirm that the system has properly recorded your votes. This method of voting will be available 24 hours a day, 7
days a week, up until 11:59 p.m. EDST, on May 18, 2021.

 

By Mail

You can also vote by completing, dating and
signing your proxy card exactly as your name appears on the proxy card and returning it by mail in the postage-paid envelope provided
to you. If you hold your shares in street name and you elect to receive your proxy materials by mail, you can vote by completing
and mailing the voting instruction form that will be provided by your bank, broker or other holder of record. You should mail the
proxy card or voting instruction form in plenty of time to allow delivery prior to the meeting. Do not mail the proxy card or
voting instruction form if you are voting via the internet or by telephone.

 

At the Annual Meeting

Whether you are a Shareholder of record or
your shares are held in street name, you may vote your shares at the Annual Meeting if you attend in person. If you own shares
held in street name and you intend to vote at the Annual Meeting, you will need to bring to the Annual Meeting a legal proxy from
your bank, broker, or other holder of record that authorizes you to vote the shares that the record holder holds for you in its
name.

 

Even if you plan to attend the Annual Meeting,
we encourage you to vote via the internet or by telephone prior to the meeting. It is fast and convenient, and your vote is recorded
and confirmed immediately.

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING THE AVAILABILITY
OF PROXY MATERIALS FOR THE

ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS TO BE
HELD ON MAY 19, 2021

This Notice, the Proxy Statement, Salisbury’s
2020 Annual Report, and the Proxy Card or voting instruction form are available, free of charge, at salisburybank.com.

The information found on, or otherwise
accessible through, Salisbury’s website is not incorporated by reference hereto, and is not otherwise a part of, this Proxy
Statement.

 

 

SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL
OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT

 

Security Ownership of
Management

The following table
sets forth certain information as of March 15, 2021 regarding the number of shares of Common Stock beneficially owned by each Director,
Nominee for Director, and Named Executive Officer (“NEO”) of Salisbury, and by all Directors, Nominees for Director,
and Executive Officers of Salisbury as a group.

Name
of Beneficial Owner
Amount
and Nature of Beneficial Ownership (1)
Percent
of Class ({14cc2b5881a050199a960a1a3483042b446231310e72f0dc471a7a1eddd6b0c3})(2)
Peter Albero 6,467(3) *
Charles M. Andola 26,222 *
George E. Banta 103,339 (4) 3.63
Arthur J. Bassin 16,491 (5) *
Richard J. Cantele, Jr. 27,724 (6) *
John M. Davies 13,849(7) *
David B. Farrell 7,058 *
Nancy F. Humphreys 7,892 (8) *
Holly J. Nelson 5,023 (9) *
John F. Perotti 16,192 (10) *
Neila B. Radin 720 *
Grace E. Schalkwyk 1,502 *
All
Directors, Nominees for Director, and Executive Officers of Salisbury as a group of seventeen (17) persons
252,761 8.88

* Percent
ownership is less than 1{14cc2b5881a050199a960a1a3483042b446231310e72f0dc471a7a1eddd6b0c3}.

(1) The
shareholdings include, in certain cases, shares owned by or in trust for a director’s
spouse and/or children or grandchildren, and in which all beneficial interest has been
disclaimed by the director. The shareholdings also include shares that the director has
the right to acquire within sixty (60) days of March 15, 2021 by the exercise of any
right or option. The definition of beneficial owner includes any person who, directly
or indirectly, through any contract, agreement or understanding, relationship or otherwise,
has or shares voting power (which includes the power to vote or direct the voting of
the shares) or investment power (which includes the right to dispose or direct the disposition
of the shares) with respect to such security.
(2) Percentages
are based upon the 2,845,147 shares of Salisbury’s Common Stock outstanding and
entitled to vote on March 15, 2021.
(3) Mr.
Albero is a NEO of Salisbury. Includes 500 shares of restricted stock granted 5/25/18,
1,300 shares of restricted stock granted 5/31/19, and 1,500 shares of restricted stock
granted 5/29/20 in accordance with the 2017 Long Term Incentive Plan of Salisbury Bancorp,
Inc., which shares fully vest on the third anniversary of the grant date, and 147 shares
allocated to Mr. Albero pursuant to Salisbury’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
(4) Includes
30,235 shares held in Banta Food Co., Inc. Profit Sharing Plan of which Mr. Banta is
the President, for which shares Mr. Banta disclaims beneficial ownership. Includes 34,418
shares owned by George E. Banta’s spouse.
(5) Includes
13,791 shares owned by the Arthur J. Bassin and Susan B. Bassin Revocable Agreement of
Trust.
(6) Includes
15,269 shares owned jointly by Richard J. Cantele, Jr. and his spouse, 6 shares owned
by Richard J. Cantele, Jr. as custodian for his daughter, 1,000 shares of restricted
stock granted 5/25/18, 2,500 shares of restricted stock granted 5/31/19, and 2,500 shares
of restricted stock granted 5/29/20 in accordance with the 2017 Long Term Incentive Plan
of Salisbury Bancorp, Inc. which shares fully vest on the third anniversary of the grant
date, and 1,540 shares allocated to Mr. Cantele pursuant to Salisbury’s Employee
Stock Ownership Plan.
(7) Mr.
Davies is a NEO of Salisbury. Includes 500 shares of restricted stock granted 5/25/18,
1,250 shares of restricted stock granted 5/31/19, and 1,000 shares of restricted stock
granted 5/29/20 in accordance with the 2017 Long Term Incentive Plan of Salisbury Bancorp,
Inc. which shares fully vest on the third anniversary of the grant date, and 1,024 shares
allocated to Mr. Davies pursuant to Salisbury’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
(8) Includes
4,102 shares owned jointly by Nancy F. Humphreys and her spouse.
(9) Includes
9 shares owned by Holly J. Nelson as guardian for a minor child.
(10) Includes
9,514 shares owned jointly by John F. Perotti and his spouse. Also includes 2,956 shares
owned by his spouse with respect to which John F. Perotti has disclaimed beneficial ownership.

 

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners (Principal
Shareholders)

Management is not aware of
any person (including any “group” as that term is used in Section 13(d)(3) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
as amended (the “Exchange Act”)) who beneficially owns more than 5{14cc2b5881a050199a960a1a3483042b446231310e72f0dc471a7a1eddd6b0c3} of Salisbury’s Common Stock (a “Principal
Shareholder”) as of the Record Date (March 15, 2021) except as set forth in the table below:

 

Name
of Beneficial Owner
Amount
and Nature of Beneficial Ownership
Percentage
of Shares Outstanding(1)
BlackRock, Inc.(2) 150,509 5.3{14cc2b5881a050199a960a1a3483042b446231310e72f0dc471a7a1eddd6b0c3}

 

(1) Percentages
are based upon the 2,845,147 shares of Salisbury’s Common Stock outstanding and
entitled to vote on March 15, 2021.
(2) Based
on information as of December 31, 2020, obtained from a Schedule 13G filed with the SEC
on or about February 2, 2021, by BlackRock, Inc., located at 55 East 52nd
Street, New York, New York 10055 (“BlackRock”). BlackRock reported in its
Schedule 13G that it has sole voting power over 145,148 shares, sole dispositive power
over 150,509 shares and no shared voting power or shared dispositive power over any shares.
The foregoing information has been included solely in reliance upon, and without independent
investigation of, the disclosures contained in BlackRock’s Schedule 13G.

 

Executive Officers

The following table
sets forth information regarding the executive officers of Salisbury, and the executive officers of the Bank that are deemed executive
officers of Salisbury pursuant to Rule 3b-7 of the Exchange Act, followed by certain biographical information as of December 31,
2020. Executive Officers are generally appointed by the Board each year following the Annual Meeting.

Name

Position

Age

Years
of Service

Peter Albero(1) Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Salisbury and the Bank 56 3
Carla L. Balesano(2) Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of the Bank 66 <1
Richard J. Cantele, Jr.(3) President and Chief Executive Officer of Salisbury and the Bank 61 39
Todd M. Clinton(4) Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer of the Bank 59 34
John M. Davies(5) President of NY Region and Chief Lending Officer of the Bank 58 6
Steven M. Essex(6) Executive Vice President and Head of Trust Wealth Advisory Division of the Bank 51 11
Amy D. Raymond(7) Executive Vice President and Chief Retail Banking Officer of the Bank 49 19
Elizabeth A. Summerville(8) Executive Vice President and Chief Retail and Loan Operations Officer of the Bank 61 17
             
(1) Mr.
Albero was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Salisbury
and the Bank on October 20, 2017. Mr. Albero holds a BS in Accounting and Finance from
Manhattan College and an MBA from New York University. He is a Certified Public Accountant
with more than 20 years of accounting management. He previously served as Director, Financial
Services Advisory Practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, New York, NY since September
2015. Prior to that, Mr. Albero spent 27 years at Morgan Stanley, New York, NY most recently
serving as Managing Director, Head of SEC Reporting and Disclosure from June 2014 to
July 2015. He served as Managing Director, Head of Regulatory Reporting from September
2012 to May 2014 and prior to that, as Managing Director, Head of Corporate Reporting
and Analysis from December 2007 to August 2012.
(2) Ms.
Balesano was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of the Bank
on July 27, 2020. Ms. Balesano previously served as SVP, Syndicated Lending at Liberty
Bank. Prior to that, she was an Executive Credit Officer and Head of Corporate Loan Strategies
at Peoples United Bank, and Managing Senior Credit Officer at TD Bank, where she was
responsible for the leadership and management of a team of credit officers overseeing
and managing commercial and corporate banking credit activities. She has also held senior
credit positions at Webster Bank and Bank of America. Carla received her AD from Manchester
Community College, has completed numerous professional development courses with RMA,
and has continued her education at the University of Connecticut.
(3) Mr.
Cantele has been a director of Salisbury and the Bank since 2005. Mr. Cantele graduated
from Fairfield University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance; and graduated
from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking in 1997. Mr. Cantele became President and
Chief Executive Officer of Salisbury and the Bank in 2009, prior to which he served as
President and Chief Operating Officer of Salisbury and the Bank since 2005. Mr. Cantele
has been an executive officer of Salisbury since 2001 and of the Bank since 1989, serving
as Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Operating Officer of the Bank and Salisbury
and Secretary of Salisbury.
(4) Mr.
Clinton joined the Bank in 1987. He was named Executive Vice President and Chief Risk
Officer in May of 2014. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President, Chief Technology
and Compliance Officer of the Bank since June of 2002. Mr. Clinton served as Operations
Officer of the Bank from September of 1997 to June of 2002. He is a graduate of the Connecticut
School of Finance and Management and the ABA Compliance Management School and has more
than 35 years of experience in community banking.
(5) Mr.
Davies joined the Bank as President of the New York Region in December of 2014 and subsequently
assumed the additional responsibility of Chief Lending Officer. Prior to that, Mr. Davies
served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Riverside Bank for three years and
served as Executive Vice President of Riverside Bank prior to that. He is a graduate
of Pace University with a MBA in Business Administration and has more than 25 years of
commercial lending experience.
(6) Mr.
Essex joined the Bank in 2009 as Vice President, Trust Officer. In January of 2014 he
assumed responsibility as Interim Head of the Trust Wealth Advisory Department. In June
of 2014, he was promoted to Senior Vice President, Head of Trust Wealth Advisory Services,
and in May 2016 he was promoted to Executive Vice President, Head of Trust Wealth Advisory
Services. Mr. Essex is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s
degree in Economics. He has more than 20 years of experience in high net worth relationship
management, business development, and financial and estate planning.
(7) Mrs.
Raymond joined the Bank in June of 2001 as Special Projects Coordinator. She has held
a number of different positions within the Bank since that time, including Branch Manager,
Mortgage Processor, and Sales Manager for Mortgage Originations. In May of 2006 she was
promoted to Assistant Vice President, Mortgage Origination. In May of 2007 she was promoted
to Vice President, Mortgage Origination. In May of 2014 she was promoted to Senior Vice
President, Retail Lending and CRA Officer. In April of 2015 she was named Senior Vice
President, Retail and Commercial Operations Manager, CRA Officer. Mrs. Raymond was named
Executive Vice President and Chief Retail Banking Officer in February of 2019. She holds
a BS in Business Management from the University of New Haven. She has more than 18 years
of experience in community banking.
(8) Mrs.
Summerville joined the Bank in January of 2004 as Vice President, Special Projects. In
January of 2007, she was named Senior Vice President, Retail Banking. Mrs. Summerville
was named Executive Vice President, Chief Retail Officer in May of 2014. In February
of 2019, she was named Executive Vice President, Chief Retail and Loan Operations Officer.
Mrs. Summerville is a graduate of the ABA Compliance Management School, the New England
School of Banking, and has received her AIB Applied Banking Certificate. She has more
than 40 years of banking experience.

 

PROPOSAL 1

ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

 

The Board regularly
evaluates its size and structure to ensure it is appropriate to best serve Salisbury and the best interests of its Shareholders.
Salisbury’s Bylaws provide that the number of directors shall be fixed from time to time by the Board of Directors. The Board
of Directors has set the number of directors following the Annual Meeting at nine (9). The Board of Directors of Salisbury is divided
into three (3) classes as nearly equal in number as possible. Classes of directors serve for staggered three (3) year terms. A
successor class is elected at each Annual Meeting of Shareholders when the terms of the members of that class expire. Vacant directorships
may be filled, until the next meeting at which directors are elected, by the vote of a majority of the directors then in office.

On February 24, 2021,
Directors Charles M. Andola and John F. Perotti each notified the Boards of Directors of Salisbury and the Bank of their intent
to retire and not stand for re-election as a director, effective as of May 19, 2021, the date of Salisbury’s 2021 Annual
Meeting of Shareholders. Mr. Andola’s and Mr. Perotti’s retirements are not the result of any disagreement with Salisbury
on any matter relating to Salisbury’s operations, policies or practices.

Shareholders are being
asked to elect the three (3) nominees listed below to the Board of Directors of Salisbury for the terms set forth below. A plurality
of votes cast in favor is necessary for the election of directors by Shareholders. If you sign, date and return your proxy card
but do not vote for a nominee, your shares will be voted “FOR” that nominee. If you indicate “withhold”
for any nominee on your proxy card, your vote will count neither “FOR” nor “AGAINST” the nominee. Unless
otherwise directed, the proxies will be voted “FOR” such nominees.

Directors and Nominees
for Election for a Three Year Term

The following individuals
have been nominated to serve for a three (3) year term: Arthur J. Bassin, Paul S. Hoffner, and Holly J. Nelson. Two of the three
nominees (Bassin and Nelson) are presently members of the Board of Directors.

The following table
sets forth certain information, as of March 15, 2021, with respect to Salisbury’s directors.

Nominees
for election for terms expiring in 2024

Name

Age

Position

Director
Since

  Arthur J. Bassin 76 Director 2010
  Paul S. Hoffner 56 Director N/A
  Holly J. Nelson 67 Director 1998
       
       

Continuing
directors whose terms expire in 2022

Name

Age

Position

Director
Since

  David B. Farrell 65 Director 2012
  Nancy F. Humphreys 79 Director 2001
  Neila B. Radin 67 Director 2019
       
 

Continuing
directors whose terms expire in 2023

Name

Age

Position

Director
Since

  George E.
Banta
85 Director 2014
  Richard J.
Cantele, Jr.
61 President, Chief Executive
Officer, Director
2005
  Grace E.
Schalkwyk
65 Director 2019
       

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS A VOTE “FOR” THE PROPOSAL TO ELECT EACH OF THE THREE (3) NOMINEES TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
FOR A TERM OF THREE (3) YEARS. DIRECTORS ARE ELECTED BY A PLURALITY OF THE VOTES CAST BY THE SHARES ENTITLED TO VOTE AT THE ANNUAL
MEETING. PROXIES SOLICITED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS WILL BE SO VOTED UNLESS SHAREHOLDERS SPECIFY A CONTRARY CHOICE ON THE PROXY.

Information about
Salisbury’s Directors

The Board of Directors is
composed of a diverse group of persons with a variety of experience, qualifications, attributes and skills that enable the Board
of Directors to meet the needs of Salisbury’s governance principles and make a positive impact on the Bank’s business
and the communities served by the Bank. In particular, the Board of Directors consists of a group of individuals who collectively
bring a mix of skills and knowledge in the areas of banking, finance, accounting and business. All members of the Board of Directors
have an understanding of finance and accounting, and are able to read and understand fundamental financial statements and generally
accepted accounting principles and their application to the accounting of Salisbury. Each of the director’s previous experience,
analytical aptitude and leadership provide Salisbury with a wealth of knowledge from which it may draw. In addition, members of
the Board of Directors are active in, and knowledgeable about, the local communities in which Salisbury and the Bank operate.
These are valuable skills and attributes for service as a director of Salisbury and the Bank. Only one of Salisbury’s directors
serve on the boards of directors of other public companies. Ms. Schalkwyk is a Director of Exchange Income Corporation, a diversified
acquisition-oriented corporation focused on opportunities in aerospace and aviation services and equipment, and manufacturing.
The corporation is headquartered in Winnipeg, Canada.

Board Nominees
for Terms Ending in 2024

Arthur J. Bassin
has been a director of the Bank and Salisbury since June, 2010. Mr. Bassin served as an Artillery Officer in the U.S. Army from
1965 to 1967. He spent 25 years in consumer, commercial and mortgage banking at Citibank (1969-1983) and Dime Savings Bank of New
York (1983-1992), followed by 10 years in private equity, most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer of TVData Technologies
(1994-2001). Mr. Bassin earned his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1969 and his AB from Harvard College in 1965. He took office
as Ancram Town Supervisor in January 2010. Mr. Bassin has served as a director on several boards and currently serves on the Boards
of Cricket Hill Farm, Inc. and Cricket Hill Academy, Inc. He previously served on the Board of Amputee Coalition of America. Mr.
Bassin also serves on the Ancram Town Board and the Columbia County Board of Supervisors. Mr. Bassin’s experience in board
and community service, consumer, commercial and mortgage banking as well as in private equity, in addition to his demonstrated
leadership skills, provides valuable insight and skills to Salisbury and the Bank.

Paul S. Hoffner
has been a member of the Riverside Division Advisory Board since 2015. Prior to that, he served as a Director of Riverside Bank
from 2012 to 2014. Mr. Hoffner graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Science in 1986 and earned his MBA from NYU’s
Stern School of Business in 1988. He is President of John Herbert Company, a second-generation floor covering contractor based
in Newburgh, NY. Mr. Hoffner joined such company in 1988, and 8 years later, he purchased it and began heading its business development
effort, a role he is still in today. Mr. Hoffner serves on several philanthropic boards, and his primary interests are providing
scholarships for local, less advantaged youth, tackling housing insecurity, poverty alleviation, and financial literacy. Mr. Hoffner
has developed an extensive network of relationships in various communities that Salisbury serves which, combined with his education,
leadership, and extensive business experience will serve to strengthen our Boards.

Holly J. Nelson
has been a director of the Bank since 1995 and of Salisbury since 1998. Ms. Nelson graduated from Cornell University with a B.A.
in 1979. She is a member of Iceland Adventure, LLC, a tour operator, and is Development and Events Coordinator for the Hotchkiss
Library of Sharon, and Volunteer Coordinator for the Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association. Ms. Nelson has served in a board and
leadership capacity for many organizations, including board member of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and board member
of the HousingUs affordable housing initiative. She has been involved in a variety of non-profit organizations in NY, CT, and MA,
as well as public government positions in the Town of North East, New York. Ms. Nelson’s education, knowledge of marketing
and non-profit organizations, and experience in successfully operating small businesses in the New York market area served by the
Bank provides valuable perspective and leadership skills to the Board.

Continuing Directors
with Terms Ending in 2022

David B. Farrell
has been a director of the Bank and Salisbury since June, 2012. Mr. Farrell was elected Chairman of the Board in May of 2019. Mr.
Farrell graduated from St. Bonaventure University, cum laude, in 1977 with a B.S. degree in Business and Accounting. He was formerly
employed by Coopers and Lybrand and was a Certified Public Accountant in New York State. Mr. Farrell is the Chief Executive Officer
of Welle Training, Inc., an organization providing behavioral safety management to the Healthcare industry. Mr. Farrell is also
Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Farrell & Company, LLC, a management consulting firm. Mr. Farrell previously served
as President and Chief Executive Officer and member of the board of directors of Bob’s Stores (1999-2008), a Division of
The TJX Companies, Inc. He previously served as an officer and director of Berkshire Hills Bancorp (2005-2009). Mr. Farrell’s
education and experience in the retail and financial services industries as well as his prior experience as a director of another
financial institution provides valuable knowledge and insight to Salisbury and the Bank. In particular, his extensive background
in accounting and financial oversight provides a unique set of skills to the Board. Mr. Farrell qualifies as a “financial
expert” as defined by federal securities laws.

Nancy F. Humphreys has been a director
of the Bank and Salisbury since 2001. Mrs. Humphreys graduated from Chatham College in 1963 and from Syracuse University, Maxwell
Graduate School in 1965. Mrs. Humphreys retired from Citigroup New York, Citibank, in February of 2000 as Managing Director and
Treasurer of Global Corporate Investment Bank North America. Mrs. Humphreys’ finance and treasury knowledge and experience
are great assets, particularly in the area of asset and liability management as well as with respect to the financial services
industry generally.

Neila B. Radin has been a director
of the Bank and Salisbury since November 22, 2019. Ms. Radin is a graduate of New York University, B.A. (magna cum laude) and the
Harvard Law School, J.D. She previously served as Chair of the Securities Law Committee and President of the New York Chapter of
the Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals. Ms. Radin is a recently retired Managing Director and Associate
General Counsel of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPMC). Prior to her retirement, she served as advisor to the general counsel of JPMC
on special projects. Prior to that, for more than twenty years, she was JPMC’s General Counsel of Corporate Law with legal
responsibility for corporate law, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, strategic investments, corporate
securities issuances and funding, investor relations, and disclosure issues affecting such company. Ms. Radin has been previously
associated with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Reboul, MacMurray, Hewitt, Maynard & Kristol (now combined with Ropes &
Gray LLP). Ms. Radin’s education, experience, and legal background provides valuable insight into financial services and
corporate governance matters.

Continuing Directors
with Terms Ending in 2023

George E. Banta has been a director
of the Bank and Salisbury since 2014. Mr. Banta is a graduate of Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration and has over
50 years of experience in the restaurant, hotel, and real estate businesses. Mr. Banta owns the Beekman Arms Inn in Rhinebeck,
New York, and serves as President of Banta Properties, Inc., which owns and operates 5 restaurants. Mr. Banta is also President
of Banta Motel Co. Inc., which owns and operates 20 franchise hotels in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. He
is also a partner in several real estate holdings. Mr. Banta’s expansive knowledge of real estate and related business experience
are valuable to the Board’s overall capabilities.

Richard J. Cantele,
Jr.,
the President and Chief Executive Officer of Salisbury and the Bank, has been a director of Salisbury and the Bank since
2005. Mr. Cantele graduated from Fairfield University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, and graduated from
the Stonier Graduate School of Banking in 1997. Mr. Cantele became President and Chief Executive Officer of Salisbury and the
Bank in 2009, prior to which he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Salisbury and the Bank since 2005. Mr. Cantele
has been an executive officer of Salisbury since 2001 and the Bank since 1989, serving as Executive Vice President, Treasurer
and Chief Operating Officer of the Bank and Salisbury and Secretary of Salisbury. He became a director of Sharon Hospital in 2017
and President of the Sharon Hospital Board in January of 2020. Mr. Cantele’s positions as President and Chief Executive
Officer along with his extensive years of service to Salisbury and the Bank provide him with thorough knowledge of the Bank and
the markets which it serves.

Grace E. Schalkwyk has been a director
of the Bank and Salisbury since November 22, 2019. Ms. Schalkwyk holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) with Honors from University
of British Columbia, with executive education in general management from Columbia Business School and INSEAD. She holds the Board
Leadership Fellow designation from the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). Ms. Schalkwyk is an advisor to fintech
and other technology companies. Her prior experience includes positions with Standard & Poor’s (now S&P Global) leading
a global information business; Artnet AG as Chief Financial Officer with oversight of all financial functions including public
disclosure; Reuters (now Refinitiv) in corporate development to address the challenges in financial information and technology,
particularly with disruptive internet-based newcomers; and Credit Suisse First Boston (now Credit Suisse) as an investment banker
advising clients on financings, strategic transactions, enhancing valuation, and investor engagement. Ms. Schalkwyk is active with
NACD, Women Corporate Directors, cybersecurity events and fintech forums. She serves on the board of Lakeville, CT based Crescendo,
Inc. Her past board service has included Signal Analytics (investment research), Women in New Media, and Canadian Society of New
York. She qualifies as a “financial expert” as defined by federal securities laws. Ms. Schalkwyk’s extensive
experience and skillset provides valuable insight in today’s complex and fast paced banking environment.

 

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

 

Salisbury’s Board of Directors is committed
to strong corporate governance practices to maximize Shareholder value while complying with legal requirements and safe and sound
banking principles. Accordingly, the Board has adopted corporate governance practices, which, along with the rules and listing
standards of the NASDAQ Equities Market (“NASDAQ”) and the regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”),
are periodically reviewed by Management and the Board.

 

Meetings and Committees of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors
met thirteen (13) times during 2020. The Board’s committees include the Executive Committee, the Human Resource and Compensation
Committee, the Nominating and Governance Committee, and the Audit Committee. The members of the committees are appointed by the
Board of Directors at least annually. In addition to these committees, the Bank and Salisbury also maintain committees to oversee
other areas of Salisbury’s operations.

During 2020, no director
attended fewer than 75{14cc2b5881a050199a960a1a3483042b446231310e72f0dc471a7a1eddd6b0c3} of the aggregate of (1) the total number of meetings held by Salisbury’s Board of Directors during
the period that the individual served; and (2) the total number of meetings held by all committees of Salisbury’s Board of
Directors on which they served. Salisbury does not maintain a policy for directors’ attendance at Salisbury’s Annual
Meetings of Shareholders, but encourages all directors to attend. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic during 2020 and the restrictions
on public gatherings, none of the directors of Salisbury attended Salisbury’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders on May 13, 2020
with the exception of Mr. Cantele.

Director Independence

All directors are considered
“independent” within the meaning of the independence standards of NASDAQ with the exception of Richard J. Cantele,
Jr., who is an executive officer of Salisbury and the Bank. Richard J. Cantele, Jr. does not serve on any of Salisbury’s
committees other than the Executive Committee. All members of the Nominating and Governance Committee, Human Resource and Compensation
Committee and Audit Committee are “independent”. The Board based these determinations of independence primarily on
a review of responses to Director Questionnaires regarding current and previous employment relationships as well as material transactions
and relationships between Salisbury and Salisbury’s or the Bank’s directors, members of their immediate families, and
entities in which directors have a significant interest.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee
has general supervision over the affairs of Salisbury between meetings of the Board of Directors. The current members of the Executive
Committee are Charles M. Andola (who is retiring from the Board on May 19, 2021), Arthur J. Bassin, Richard J. Cantele, Jr., David
B. Farrell (Chair), Nancy F. Humphreys, Neila B. Radin, and Grace E. Schalkwyk. The Executive Committee met one (1) time during
2020.

Nominating and Governance Committee

The Nominating and
Governance Committee is responsible for assisting the Board of Directors in identifying and evaluating potential nominees for director
and recommending qualified nominees to the Board for consideration; oversight of the annual evaluation process for the Board of
Directors; and selecting director nominees to stand for election at Salisbury’s annual meetings of Shareholders. The Nominating
and Governance Committee is also responsible for making recommendations to the Board of Directors relating to appropriate corporate
governance matters, developments and practices. The Nominating and Governance Committee considers various factors and qualifications,
in accordance with its Charter, Salisbury’s Bylaws and Certificate of Incorporation and applicable law. Its process for identifying
and evaluating nominees for director has historically operated informally and without any differences in the manner in which it
evaluates nominees recommended by Shareholders. The Nominating and Governance Committee is responsible for reviewing Shareholder
nominations submitted to Salisbury. The Nominating and Governance Committee determines whether such nomination was submitted timely
and whether it satisfies all applicable eligibility requirements before recommending appropriate action to the Board of Directors.

The Nominating and Governance
Committee and the Board of Directors consider factors such as established age and tenure guidelines as well as those summarized
below in evaluating director candidates, including any nominee submitted by Shareholders, and trust that Salisbury’s Bylaws,
Nominating and Governance Committee Charter and the qualifications and considerations such as those enumerated below provide adequate
guidance and flexibility in evaluating candidates. The Board of Directors has adopted a policy with regard to the consideration
of diversity in identifying director nominees, and remains committed to diversity at the Board level as well as with regard to
employees. An audit or monitoring of such policy is performed periodically to examine and evaluate the effectiveness of the policy,
as well as compliance with relevant laws, regulations and/or best practices. Audits of the policy are performed by either internal
audit or Salisbury’s Risk Management Department, and are submitted to the Audit Committee for review. Salisbury’s Nominating
and Governance Committee works to ensure that the Board is composed of individuals with expertise in fields relevant to Salisbury’s
business, experience from different professions and industries, a diversity of age, ethnicity and gender and a range of tenures.
This approach has proven beneficial given the complex and dynamic nature of the banking industry. The Nominating and Governance
Committee considers a number of qualifications when identifying and recommending a director nominee, including whether the nominee
would assist in achieving a mix of board members that represents a variety of background, experience and diversity. Salisbury has
been a leader in Board diversity, particularly with respect to gender diversity, with four women serving on the Board, and diversity
of professional experience.

Qualifications for director
candidates include:

· Sound business judgment and financial sophistication in order to understand Salisbury’s financial
and operating performance and to provide strategic guidance to management.
· Business management experience.
· Integrity, commitment, honesty and objectivity.
· A general familiarity with (i) prudent banking principles; (ii) bank operations/technology; (iii)
pertinent laws, policies and regulations; (iv) markets and trends affecting the financial services industry; and (v) local economic
and business opportunities.
· Strong communication skills in order to function effectively with Salisbury’s constituencies.
· A financial interest in Salisbury as a Shareholder. Generally, candidates should not have relationships
with Salisbury or the Bank that would disqualify the candidate from being considered independent.
· Generally, candidates should be involved in philanthropic, education, business or civic leadership
positions.
· Generally, candidates should assist in achieving a mix of board members that represents a variety
of background, experience and diversity.
· Generally, candidates should be familiar with the geographic areas served by Salisbury.
· Candidates should evidence a willingness and commitment to devote sufficient time and energy to
prepare for and attend Board of Director and committee meetings and to diligently perform the duties and responsibilities of service
as a director.
· Candidates should not have interests that conflict with those of Salisbury or the Bank.

Salisbury has not paid
a fee to any third-party or parties to identify or assist in identifying or evaluating potential nominees. The Board of Directors
and Nominating and Governance Committee do not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, gender, national origin, religion
or disability in the evaluation of candidates. The Nominating and Governance Committee also recommends to the Board of Directors
for its approval that directors serve as members of each committee, recommends corporate governance principles applicable to Salisbury,
and oversees the annual evaluation process for the Board.

A copy of Salisbury’s
Nominating and Governance Committee Charter is available on Salisbury’s website at salisburybank.com under “Shareholder
Relations”, “Governance Documents”.

Any Shareholder who wishes
to recommend a nominee for director should send the required information, as set forth below and in Salisbury’s Bylaws, to
the attention of the Secretary at Salisbury Bancorp, Inc., 5 Bissell Street, P.O. Box 1868, Lakeville, Connecticut 06039-1868.
Such nominations by a Shareholder shall be made only if such written notice of such Shareholder’s intent to make such nomination
has been given to the Secretary not less than twenty (20) days and not more than sixty (60) days prior to the anniversary of the
date on which Salisbury first mailed its proxy statement related to the annual meeting in the prior year.

Such Shareholder’s
notice shall set forth (1) as to each person whom the Shareholder proposes to nominate for election as a Director, (a) the name,
age, business address and residence address of such person, (b) the principal occupation or employment of such person, (c) the
class and number of shares of Salisbury that are beneficially owned by such person, and (d) any other information relating to such
person that is required to be disclosed in solicitations of proxies for election of directors, or is otherwise required, in each
case pursuant to applicable law and regulations (including without limitation such person’s written consent to being named
in the proxy statement as a nominee and to serving as a director if elected); and (2) as to the Shareholder giving the notice,
(a) the name and address, as they appear on Salisbury’s books, of such Shareholder, (b) the class and number of shares of
Salisbury that are beneficially owned by such Shareholder, (c) representation that the Shareholder is a holder of record of Common
Stock of Salisbury entitled to vote at such meeting and intends to appear in person or by proxy at the meeting to nominate the
person or persons specified in the notice, and (d) a description of all arrangements or understandings between the Shareholder
and each nominee and any other person or persons (naming such person or persons) pursuant to which the nomination or nominations
are to be made by the Shareholder.

The current members of
the Nominating and Governance Committee are George E. Banta, Arthur J. Bassin, David B. Farrell, Holly J. Nelson (Chair), and Neila
B. Radin. All such members are “independent” in accordance with the independence standards of NASDAQ. The Nominating
and Governance Committee met two (2) times during 2020. All nominees for directors at the 2021 Annual Meeting were nominated by
the Nominating and Governance Committee and the Board of Directors.

Audit Committee

Salisbury’s Audit
Committee has been established in accordance with Section 3(a)(58)(A) of the Exchange Act for the purpose of overseeing the accounting
and financial reporting process of Salisbury and audits of the financial statements of Salisbury. Subject to the Audit Committee
Charter, the Audit Committee provides assistance to the Board of Directors in fulfilling its responsibility to the Shareholders,
potential Shareholders and investment community relating to corporate accounting, reporting practices of Salisbury, and the quality
and integrity of the financial reports of Salisbury. In so doing, it is the responsibility of the Audit Committee to appoint and
oversee the independent auditors for Salisbury and to maintain free and open means of communication between the directors, the
independent auditors, the internal auditors and the financial management of Salisbury.

The responsibilities
of the Audit Committee are governed by Salisbury’s Audit Committee Charter, which was adopted by Salisbury’s Board
of Directors. Its current members are David B. Farrell (Chair), Nancy F. Humphreys, John F. Perotti (who is retiring from the Board
on May 19, 2021), Neila B. Radin, and Grace E. Schalkwyk. The Audit Committee formally met eight (8) times during 2020. Each of
the members of the Audit Committee is an “independent director” in accordance with the independence standards of NASDAQ.
The Board of Directors has determined that David B. Farrell and Grace E. Schalkwyk each qualify as an “audit committee financial
expert” as such term is defined by federal securities laws and regulations. Additionally, the Board of Directors are of the
opinion that the members of the Audit Committee bring diverse educational, business and professional experience that is beneficial
to the Audit Committee function of Salisbury and the Bank and enables the Audit Committee to fulfill its responsibility.

A copy of Salisbury’s
Audit Committee Charter is available on Salisbury’s website at salisburybank.com under “Shareholder Relations”,
“Governance Documents”.

Compensation
Committee

The Human Resource
and Compensation Committee (the “Compensation Committee”) is currently comprised of the following members of the Board
of Directors, all of whom are considered “independent” pursuant to the independence standards of NASDAQ: George E.
Banta, Arthur J. Bassin (Chair), David B. Farrell, Nancy F. Humphreys, and Neila B. Radin. The Compensation Committee met eight
(8) times during 2020.

A copy of Salisbury’s
Human Resource and Compensation Committee Charter, which the Compensation Committee and the Board of Directors review and assess
at least annually, is available on Salisbury’s website at salisburybank.com under “Shareholder Relations”, “Governance
Documents”.

The role and responsibilities
of the Compensation Committee as well as discussion of the Compensation Committee processes and procedures, including its use of
independent compensation consultants and the role of executive officers in determining or recommending the amount or form of executive
and director compensation, are further described below under “Compensation Discussion and Analysis.”

Compensation Committee Report

February 24, 2021. The Compensation
Committee performs various functions related to compensation, which is described more fully below. The Compensation Committee has
reviewed and discussed with management the section below entitled “Compensation Discussion and Analysis.” Based on
this discussion, the Compensation Committee recommended that the Board of Directors include the Compensation Discussion and Analysis
in Salisbury’s Proxy Statement relating to its 2021 Annual Meeting.

Submitted by: George E. Banta, Arthur J.
Bassin (Chair), David B. Farrell, Nancy F. Humphreys, and Neila B. Radin

Compensation Committee Interlocks and
Insider Participation

No current or former executive officer
or other employee of Salisbury or the Bank served on the Compensation Committee in 2020. No executive officer of Salisbury served
on the Compensation Committee or the board of directors of any other entity during 2020 that had one of its executive officers
serving on the Compensation Committee or the Board of Salisbury or the Bank. No member of the Compensation Committee of Salisbury
had any relationship with Salisbury or the Bank since January 1, 2020 requiring disclosure under Item 404 of Regulation S-K under
the Exchange Act.

Board Leadership Structure

The Board of Directors
regularly reviews and assesses the effectiveness of its leadership structure and will implement any changes as it deems appropriate.

The leadership structure
is comprised of a staggered board of directors, which includes the two separate individuals who serve as the Chairman, who is independent
under the independence standards of NASDAQ, and the Chief Executive Officer, who also serves as President (and is, therefore, not
considered independent as he is an officer of Salisbury). All other directors are independent under the independence standards
of NASDAQ. David B. Farrell was elected Chairman of the Board of Salisbury and the Bank May 15, 2019.

Salisbury’s Bylaws
provide that the Board shall elect from among its members a Chair of the Board, who shall preside at all Board meetings. If the
Chair is an officer of Salisbury or the Bank, the Board shall elect an independent Presiding Director and shall by resolution set
forth the duties and responsibilities of the Presiding Director. The Board will elect a Chair, and, if warranted, a Presiding Director,
at Salisbury’s Organizational Meeting following the Annual Meeting of Shareholders.

The Board has set the
number of directors following the Annual Meeting at nine (9). Salisbury has established responsibilities for the Chair and, if
warranted, a Presiding Director, to ensure that the Board of Directors is adequately informed about the affairs of Salisbury and
the Bank. Salisbury deems that this leadership structure ensures appropriate and effective governance of Salisbury and the Bank.

Consistent with applicable
corporate governance guidelines and Salisbury’s Bylaws, the primary responsibilities of the Chair are to be responsible for
the leadership of the board meetings, prepare the agenda and preside over meetings.

To assess effective independent
oversight, the Board of Directors has adopted several governance practices, including regular executive sessions of independent
directors and annual performance evaluations of the directors and the Chief Executive Officer by the independent directors.

Salisbury recognizes
that no single leadership model is appropriate for all companies at all times. The Board of Directors recognizes that, depending
upon the circumstances, other leadership models might be appropriate at some point, and the Board of Directors periodically reviews
its leadership structure in this regard.

Riverside Division
Advisory Board

Following the merger
with Riverside Bank in 2014, Salisbury established the Riverside Division Advisory Board whose members are familiar with the products
and services that we offer. Such Advisory Board does not directly participate in the governance of Salisbury, but contributes to
Salisbury’s success by providing insights and introductions to enable Salisbury to better serve new customers’ needs
in Salisbury’s expanded service area. The members of the Riverside Division Advisory Board currently include Ira Effron,
Austin “Brud” Hodgkins, Paul S. Hoffner, Stephen P. Lumb (Chair), John P. O’Shea, David E. Petrovits, Steven
R. Turk, and Carl S. Wolfson. The Riverside Division Advisory Board met two (2) times during 2020.

Board Role in Risk Oversight

The Board oversees
risks inherent to the business of banking by delegating oversight to certain Board committees, management committees and the Chief
Executive Officer. Additionally, the Audit Committee monitors: (1) the effectiveness of Salisbury’s internal controls; (2)
the integrity of its Consolidated Financial Statements; and (3) compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. In addition,
the Audit Committee coordinates with the internal audit function and the independent registered public accountant.

At the monthly Board meetings, the Board
receives the minutes from each Committee meeting and the Chair of each Committee reports on Committee actions. The Board also receives
various reports from key members of senior management and regularly reviews and discusses these reports with senior managers. The
Board reviews the policies and practices of Salisbury and the Bank on a regular basis. In addition, the Board reviews corporate
strategies and objectives and evaluates business performance.

During times when there may be elevated
levels of risk, such as those presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board monitors the impact on the risk profile by regularly
reviewing and monitoring management’s response and actions taken to mitigate risks, including financial and non-financial
risks, business continuity, and human capital risks.

Code of Ethics

Salisbury has adopted
a Code of Ethics and Conflicts of Interest Policy that applies to Salisbury’s directors, officers and employees, including
Salisbury’s Principal Executive Officer and Principal Financial Officer. A copy of such Code of Ethics is available upon
request, without charge, by writing to Shelly L. Humeston, Secretary, Salisbury Bancorp, Inc., 5 Bissell Street, P. O. Box 1868,
Lakeville, Connecticut 06039-1868.

Derivative Trading and
Hedging

Salisbury has a policy
that all of its directors, officers and other employees who possess material nonpublic information regarding Salisbury refrain
from making any purchases, sales or recommendations relating to Salisbury. In addition, it is Salisbury’s policy that all
directors, officers and employees shall not engage in any of the following activities with respect to Salisbury’s securities:
(1) trade in Salisbury’s securities on a short-term basis; any security of Salisbury purchased by a director, officer or
employee of Salisbury is to be held for investment rather than trading purposes (which generally means for a minimum of nine (9)
months before sale, unless the security is subject to a forced sale which has been approved based upon a significant and unexpected
change in the financial circumstances of the purchaser, such as the death or serious illness of a family member, or other substantial
justification; (2) purchase Salisbury’s securities on margin; or (3) make any “short-sales” of Salisbury’s
securities.

Board of Directors’ Communications with Shareholders

Salisbury’s Board
of Directors does not have a formal process for Shareholders to send communications to the Board of Directors. However, the volume
of such communications has historically been de minimus. Accordingly, the Board of Directors considers Salisbury’s informal
process to be adequate to address Salisbury’s needs. Historically, such informal process has functioned as follows: any Shareholder
communication is forwarded to the President and Chief Executive Officer for appropriate discussion by the Board of Directors and
the formulation of an appropriate response. Shareholders may forward written communications to the Board of Directors by addressing
such comments to the Board of Directors of Salisbury Bancorp, Inc., 5 Bissell Street, P. O. Box 1868, Lakeville, Connecticut 06039-1868.

Audit Committee Report

March 4, 2021.
The following is the report of the Audit Committee with respect to the audited financial statements for the fiscal year 2020. The
Audit Committee has reviewed and discussed Salisbury’s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31,
2020 with management and has discussed the matters that are required to be discussed by the applicable requirements of the Public
Company Accounting Oversight Board, with Baker Newman & Noyes, P.A., LLC (“BNN”), Salisbury’s independent
registered accounting firm.

The Audit Committee has
received the written disclosures and the letter from BNN required by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board for independent
auditor communications with Audit Committees concerning independence, and has discussed BNN’s independence with respect to
Salisbury with BNN.

Based on the review and
discussions referred to above, the Audit Committee recommended to the Board of Directors that the audited financial statements
be included in Salisbury’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020 for filing with the SEC.

The foregoing Report
of Salisbury’s Audit Committee is provided in accordance with the rules and regulations of the SEC. Pursuant to such rules
and regulations, this Report shall not be deemed “soliciting material,” filed with the SEC, subject to Regulation 14A
and 14C of the SEC or subject to the liabilities of Section 18 of the Exchange Act.

Submitted by: David B.
Farrell (Chair), Nancy F. Humphreys, John F. Perotti, Neila B. Radin, and Grace E. Schalkwyk

 

COMPENSATION DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS

 

As a “Smaller Reporting Company”,
we are not required to include a Compensation Discussion and Analysis (“CD&A”) under Item 402(b) of Regulation
S-K. Nevertheless, we want our shareholders to fully understand our compensation policies and procedures so we have incorporated
many, but not all, of the required disclosures of a full CD&A.

 

This section discusses Salisbury’s overall
executive compensation philosophy, guidelines and programs for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020. Salisbury’s executive
compensation program and policies are designed to reward Salisbury’s executives based upon achievement of long and short-term
goals while effectively managing risk. The following discussion explains the process, objectives and measurements used by the Compensation
Committee in setting the compensation of Salisbury’s Named Executive Officers (also referred to herein as “NEOs”).
For a full understanding of the information presented, please consider the following discussion together with the tables and its
related narrative and footnotes below.

 

 

The following table lists Salisbury’s
NEOs during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020:

 

Name   Position with Salisbury During the Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2020

Richard J. Cantele, Jr.

 

President and Chief Executive Officer
of Salisbury and the Bank

John M. Davies   President of NY Region and Chief Lending Officer of the Bank
Peter Albero   Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Salisbury and the Bank

 

Executive Summary

The Board of Directors of Salisbury and the
Compensation Committee are committed to a pay-for-performance philosophy. The executive team continues to take actions to improve
profitability and ensure that Salisbury acts in a manner that preserves and enhances Shareholder value.

 

The Impact of COVID-19 on Compensation Practices

The COVID-19 pandemic presented many challenges
during 2020. First and foremost, the safety of our employees, customers and communities was, and remains, our top priority. Salisbury
was fortunate to already have a Pandemic Planning Policy and Program in place so our management team was able to quickly pivot
and begin implementing proper protocols for safety and business continuity. Our prior experience with remote employees enabled
our IT team to rapidly set up staff members to work remotely without disruption to our business. We also continued to serve customers
through our drive-ups, ATMs, bank-by-appointment, and through the use of our mobile app and online banking services. Since the
start of the pandemic, no employees were furloughed or laid off, no employee compensation was reduced, and employees required to
quarantine were compensated or provided with appropriate work accommodations.

 

The Compensation Committee remains focused
on maintaining pay/performance alignment and maintaining proportionality relative to our stakeholders. Through the use of approved
performance metrics and vehicles available through our 2017 Long Term Incentive Plan (as described in more detail below), the Compensation
Committee is able to appropriately compensate executives and staff.

 

During 2020, the Compensation Committee chose
to wait until year-end to evaluate incentive awards once Salisbury had more visibility into its performance against financial goals,
performance relative to peers, and progress toward the achievement of other strategic and operational priorities. Salisbury’s
performance remained strong and even exceeded expectations. At year-end, the Compensation Committee elected not to adjust incentive
plan payouts despite the challenges and turbulent environment. The 2020 awards were consistent with the Compensation Committee’s
intent to reward and retain key employees for ensuring that, despite the uncertainties, Salisbury remains focused on strategies
and goals that will enhance long-term value for all stakeholders.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and
the effects remain uncertain. The Compensation Committee and the Board will continue to evaluate our compensation programs to ensure
that they continue to serve the best interests of our company and our Shareholders.

 

2020 Executive Compensation Decisions

The Compensation Committee, working with an
independent compensation consultant, establishes base salary and the target Short Term Incentive Plan (“STIP”)
bonus opportunity levels for each NEO based on a review of Bank performance overall and on each NEO’s performance
for the previous year against specific financial targets and individual qualitative goals. Base salary levels have been targeted
at or near the average base salary compensation level of the peer group. If necessary and appropriate, market adjustments or equity awards
are used to bring the NEOs up to peer group averages.  The Compensation Committee endeavors to maintain a balance between
cash compensation and equity-based compensation and to balance short term incentives with longer term incentives.  In 2020,
the Compensation Committee recommended, and the Board approved, an award to NEOs of 5,000 shares of restricted stock
and 3,500 performance based restricted stock units in the aggregate.

 

Compensation Governance Practices

Salisbury has in place the following executive
compensation best practices and policies, which promote sound compensation governance and are in the best interests of our Shareholders:

 

What
We Do
What
We Don’t Do
☑  Performance-based
variable compensation through formal incentive programs
☑  No
severance benefits exceeding 3x base salary and annual cash bonus
☑  Annual
incentive plan risk assessments
☑  No
guaranteed incentive payments
☑  Benchmarking
against a relevant peer group
☑  No
uncapped non-sales incentive plans
☑  Double
trigger for change in control payments
☑  No
significant/excessive perquisites
☑  Clawback
policy
☑  No
tax gross-ups
☑  Independent
compensation consultant
 

 

Say-on-Pay Results

Salisbury holds an annual non-binding Shareholder
advisory vote with respect to “say-on-pay”. Over 98{14cc2b5881a050199a960a1a3483042b446231310e72f0dc471a7a1eddd6b0c3} of Salisbury’s voting Shareholders approved the “say-on-pay”
proposal concerning the compensation of Salisbury’s NEOs described in Salisbury’s annual meeting proxy statement for
the year 2020. The Compensation Committee believes that Shareholders generally support Salisbury’s approach to executive
compensation and will continue to consider the say-on-pay Shareholder voting results when making compensation decisions for NEOs.

 

Compensation Philosophy and Objectives

The compensation objectives of the Board of
Directors and Compensation Committee begin with the premise that Salisbury’s success depends, in large part, on the dedication
and commitment of the people Salisbury places in key management positions and on the incentives provided to such persons to successfully
implement Salisbury’s business strategy and other corporate objectives. The overall objective of Salisbury’s compensation
program is to maximize Shareholder value through the recruitment, retention and motivation of talented employees and officers (including
NEOs as identified in the section titled “Executive Compensation” and the Summary Compensation Table below) of Salisbury.
We recognize that the Bank operates in a competitive environment for talent. Therefore, Salisbury’s approach considers a
full range of compensation elements that enable us to compare favorably with Salisbury’s peers as we seek to attract and
retain key personnel.

 

The Compensation Committee pays particular
attention to designing compensation plans that do not encourage Salisbury’s NEOs and other executive officers to take inappropriate
or excessive risks. As such, Salisbury assesses its program annually from a risk perspective and seeks to implement the best practices
in the industry.

 

The compensation program closely aligns total
compensation with achievement of strategic and financial goals. It is Salisbury’s intention that a meaningful portion of
total compensation should be tied to Shareholder return, thereby encouraging and rewarding NEOs and other executives for pursuing
strategies that increase tangible book value and earnings per share over time. Accordingly, the 2017 Long Term Incentive Plan was
approved by Shareholders at the Annual Meeting on May 17, 2017 in order to award restricted stock, stock options and other equity
related awards to Salisbury’s officers, employees and directors to further align their interests with those of Salisbury’s
Shareholders.

 

During 2020, the Compensation Committee reviewed
all elements of compensation for NEOs and other executives to ensure that the current compensation structure is consistent with
the objectives outlined above. The Compensation Committee intends for total compensation to be commensurate with that of like institutions
with similar performance.

 

Role of the Compensation Committee

The Compensation Committee is currently comprised
of five (5) members of the Board, each of whom is independent in accordance with the independence standards of NASDAQ. The Compensation
Committee operates under a written charter that establishes its responsibilities. A copy of the Compensation Committee Charter
can be found on Salisbury’s website at salisburybank.com under “Shareholder Relations”, “Governance Documents”.
The Compensation Committee reviews the charter annually to ensure that the scope of the charter is consistent with the Compensation
Committee’s expected role. Under the charter, the Compensation Committee is responsible for reviewing Salisbury’s general
compensation strategy, establishing salaries and reviewing benefit programs, including pensions and incentive compensation plans;
and advising the Board of Directors and making recommendations with respect to such plans. In particular, the Compensation Committee
reviews and approves Salisbury’s compensation strategies and objectives, reviews and approves executive officers’ compensation,
administers incentive plans and reviews and makes recommendations to the Board regarding general employee pension benefit plans
and other benefit plans on an as needed basis. The charter provides that compensation and benefit matters related to the Chief
Executive Officer must also be approved by all outside (non-employee) members of Salisbury’s Board based on the evaluation
of the CEO’s performance. Consistent with applicable law, the charter also authorizes the Compensation Committee to engage
consultants and other professionals without management approval to the extent deemed necessary to discharge its responsibilities.

 

Salisbury strives for pay packages that are
fair and equitable. In determining whether compensation of executive officers is fair, the Compensation Committee considers each
component of compensation including salary and bonus, stock compensation, amounts to be received from any deferred compensation,
severance, perquisites and benefits. In establishing levels of compensation, the Compensation Committee endeavors to take into
consideration an individual’s performance, level of expertise, responsibilities, length of service, comparable levels of
compensation paid to executives of other companies of comparable size and development within the industry, as well as the financial
condition and performance of the Bank.

 

Role of Management

Certain members of the Bank’s executive
team provide input to the Compensation Committee regarding compensation matters. In particular, officers who serve as a resource
to the Compensation Committee are the President and Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Financial Officer, the Director of Human
Resources, and the Corporate Secretary. As requested by the Compensation Committee from time to time, these officers provide input
regarding employee compensation programs for employees other than themselves, present data and analysis to formulate recommendations
regarding employee compensation, benefit plans, related insurance matters, and promotions. The Director of Human Resources provides
the Compensation Committee with data for its consideration in setting the base salary for the NEOs. The Compensation Committee
considers this input from management critical to ensuring that the Compensation Committee and its advisers have the data needed
to make informed decisions with respect to Salisbury’s compensation programs and each NEO’s individual compensation.

 

No individual executive officer may participate
in the review, discussion or decision of the Compensation Committee regarding their own compensation. Executive officers may participate
in the review, discussion or decision of the Compensation Committee regarding other employee compensation, director compensation,
benefit plans and promotions.

 

Interaction with the Compensation Consultant

In carrying out its duties, the Compensation
Committee has the sole authority to retain, at Salisbury’s expense, and to terminate a compensation consultant and to approve
the consultant’s fees and all other terms of the engagement. The Compensation Committee also has the authority to retain
independent counsel and other advisors at Salisbury’s expense as needed. The consultants provide expertise and information
about competitive trends in the industry. The consultants also provide survey data and assist in assembling relevant comparison
groups for various purposes and establishing benchmarks for base salary and cash incentives based on a number of factors.

 

During 2020, the Compensation Committee engaged
the services of Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc. (“FW Cook”) to serve as an objective, third-party consultant on the
reasonableness of amount and form of executive and board compensation levels and compensation program structure in supporting Salisbury’s
business strategy and human resource objectives. In September of 2020, the Compensation Committee engaged the services of Pearl
Meyer & Partners, LLC (“Pearl Meyer”) as an objective third-party consultant to conduct services including review
of the proposed compensation peer group for 2021 pay decisions and guidance with 2020 incentive plan payouts.

 

In conducting its review, the Compensation
Committee also relied on other survey sources, including Pearl Meyer & Partners Northeast Bankers Salary Survey 2020 and S&P
Global for proxy compensation data for NEOs for the approved compensation peer group.

 

Benchmarking of Compensation; Peer Group

The Compensation Committee periodically benchmarks
compensation of executive officers and directors utilizing published industry surveys and publicly disclosed information from a
peer group of publicly traded financial institutions. The last comprehensive competitive market assessment by FW Cook was conducted
in 2019, and on November 20, 2019, the Compensation Committee reviewed and approved a peer group of banks with publicly traded
holding companies to assist the Compensation Committee in helping to assess competitive compensation as well as relative performance
comparisons for short and long-term incentive opportunities for 2020. The peer group includes the following:

 

Holding Company Name Bank Name
1st Constitution Bancorp 1st Constitution Bank
Bank of Princeton The Bank of Princeton
Bankwell Financial Group, Inc. Bankwell Bank
Community Bancorp Community National Bank
Elmira Savings Bank Elmira Savings Bank
Embassy Bancorp, Inc. Embassy Bank (for the Lehigh Valley)
Emclaire Financial Corp. Farmers National Bank of Emlenton
Enterprise Bancorp, Inc. Enterprise Bank
Evans Bancorp, Inc. Evans Bank, N.A.
First Bancorp, Inc. First National Bank
Green County Bancorp, Inc. (MHC) The Bank of Greene County (MHC)
Mid Penn Bancorp, Inc. Mid Penn Bank
Northeast Bancorp Northeast Bank
Pathfinder Bancorp, Inc. Pathfinder Bank
Provident Bancorp, Inc. Provident Bank (MHC)
Prudential Bancorp, Inc. Prudential Savings Bank
Union Bankshares, Inc. Union Bank
Wellesley Bancorp, Inc. Wellesley Bank
Western New England Bancorp, Inc. Westfield Bank

 

 

Elements of Compensation

Salisbury’s compensation program with
respect to its NEOs primarily consists of the following:

 

  • Base salary, which is designed to provide a reasonable level of predictable income commensurate
    with the market standards for each executive position and to attract and retain executives with a proven track record of performance;
  • Annual incentive compensation, which is based both on specified goals and benchmarks
    for individuals and the institution as a whole, as recommended by senior management and approved by the Compensation Committee;
  • Long-term equity compensation, which aligns the interests of key employees with those
    of the Shareholders through the grant of restricted shares and stock options. A portion of our equity awards are performance-based
    and are intended to link financial outcome for key employees to performance that maximizes long-term Shareholder returns;
  • Severance benefits payable pursuant to agreements between certain executive officers
    and Salisbury;
  • Retirement benefits payable pursuant to Salisbury’s tax-qualified and non-qualified
    plans; and
  • Other broad-based benefits consistent with industry practice, which are competitive
    in the market.

The following sections summarize the role of
each component, how decisions are made and resulting decisions for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020 as they relate to the
NEOs.

 

Base Salaries. Base salary is
designed to provide a reasonable level of predictable income commensurate with market standards for the position held, adjusted
for specific responsibilities, individual experience and demonstrated performance. Base salaries are reviewed annually and adjusted
from time to time to realign base salaries with market levels after considering various factors including:

 

· Market data for peer institutions and direct competitors located in the Northeast region;
· Internal review of the NEOs’ compensation, both individually and relative to other officers
of Salisbury;
· Qualification and experience of the executive;
· Achievement of company-wide objectives; and
· Financial condition and results of operations, including tax and accounting impact on Salisbury
of the base salaries.

Details regarding base salary are included
in the section below entitled “Executive Compensation” and the Summary Compensation Table in that section.

 

Short Term Incentive Plan (“STIP”).
Salisbury maintains a STIP intended to motivate employees to attain desired objectives and to encourage teamwork and collaboration
while aligning compensation with overall Bank performance. This STIP is a key element of the total compensation benefits provided
to Salisbury’s NEOs and enables Salisbury to remain competitive with the market by providing the opportunity to receive meaningful
cash incentives. The design of the STIP is intended to ensure that no benefits are paid to executives and other employees unless
Bank performance goals are attained. If Salisbury’s performance goals are attained, the Compensation Committee then considers,
with management’s input, whether to make awards under the STIP. The Compensation Committee reviews specific performance measures
to determine participants’ payout amounts based upon recommendations made by management. The Compensation Committee believes
that establishing specific performance measures for participants will enhance the ability of the STIP to encourage performance
in those targeted areas. The Compensation Committee reviews the STIP each year and, if necessary, adjusts the specific performance
metrics, goals and compensation opportunities based on business objectives.

 

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020,
the Compensation Committee approved the following performance metrics, which are weighted evenly for our NEOs:

 

· Earnings Per Share (“EPS”)
· Return on Average Assets (“ROAA”)

 

For fiscal year 2020, Salisbury’s annual
target incentive ratios as a percentage of base salary and in dollars as well as the actual incentive ratios as a percentage of
base salary and in dollars for the NEOs were as follows:

 

  Target
STIP
Target
STIP
Actual
STIP
Actual
STIP
Executive (as a {14cc2b5881a050199a960a1a3483042b446231310e72f0dc471a7a1eddd6b0c3} of salary) (in $) (as a {14cc2b5881a050199a960a1a3483042b446231310e72f0dc471a7a1eddd6b0c3} of salary) (in $)
Richard J. Cantele,
Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer
30{14cc2b5881a050199a960a1a3483042b446231310e72f0dc471a7a1eddd6b0c3} $119,971 35.70{14cc2b5881a050199a960a1a3483042b446231310e72f0dc471a7a1eddd6b0c3} $142,766
John M. Davies, President
of NY Region and Chief Lending Officer
25{14cc2b5881a050199a960a1a3483042b446231310e72f0dc471a7a1eddd6b0c3} $63,967 29.75{14cc2b5881a050199a960a1a3483042b446231310e72f0dc471a7a1eddd6b0c3} $76,121
Peter Albero, Executive
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
25{14cc2b5881a050199a960a1a3483042b446231310e72f0dc471a7a1eddd6b0c3} $63,149 29.75{14cc2b5881a050199a960a1a3483042b446231310e72f0dc471a7a1eddd6b0c3} $75,148

 

After reviewing 2020 financial performance,
the Compensation Committee approved 2020 STIP awards as noted above. Salisbury’s earnings per share and efficiency ratio
for fiscal year 2020 exceeded the performance targets, however, Salisbury’s actual return on average assets was slightly
below target. Each of these financial targets was weighted equally when determining the actual STIP payout. Salisbury’s outperformance
on two of the three financial metrics resulted in an actual STIP payout that exceeded the target payout. Although Salisbury faced
extraordinary circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic downturn, management exhibited strong leadership
which resulted in positive performance overall and in relation to peers.

 

Long Term Incentive Plan (“LTIP”).
The goal of the Salisbury 2017 Long Term Incentive Plan (“2017 LTIP”) is to promote Salisbury’s growth
and profitability, to provide certain employees, officers and directors with an incentive to achieve corporate objectives, to motivate,
attract and retain individuals of outstanding competence, and to strengthen the mutuality of interests between such persons and
Salisbury’s Shareholders.

 

On July 29, 2020, the Compensation Committee
granted a total of 7,250 Performance Based Restricted Stock Units pursuant to the 2017 LTIP, including 3,500 units in the aggregate
to NEOs. Mr. Cantele received 1,500 units, Mr. Davies received 1,000 units, and Mr. Albero received 1,000 units. The aggregate
fair value of the units as of the grant date was determined to be $263,610 and the units vest three years from the grant date.
Vesting of the Performance Based Restricted Stock Units are contingent upon achieving tangible book value (“TBV”) growth
measured against the Corporation’s compensation peer group over the three-year measurement period. Threshold performance
is achieved if Salisbury’s TBV growth is equal to or greater than 25{14cc2b5881a050199a960a1a3483042b446231310e72f0dc471a7a1eddd6b0c3} but less than 50{14cc2b5881a050199a960a1a3483042b446231310e72f0dc471a7a1eddd6b0c3} of its peer group over the performance
period; target performance is achieved if Salisbury’s TBV growth is equal to or greater than 50{14cc2b5881a050199a960a1a3483042b446231310e72f0dc471a7a1eddd6b0c3} but less than 75{14cc2b5881a050199a960a1a3483042b446231310e72f0dc471a7a1eddd6b0c3} of its
peer group over the performance period; and maximum performance is achieved if Salisbury’s TBV growth exceeds that of 75{14cc2b5881a050199a960a1a3483042b446231310e72f0dc471a7a1eddd6b0c3}
of its peer group over the performance period. The actual number of restricted stock units earned will be scaled, based on actual
performance over the measurement period versus the stated goals. Performance Based Restricted Stock Units are reported in the year
granted and reflect the maximum possible valuation.

 

  Threshold Target Maximum
Executive (= or >25{14cc2b5881a050199a960a1a3483042b446231310e72f0dc471a7a1eddd6b0c3}) (= or >50{14cc2b5881a050199a960a1a3483042b446231310e72f0dc471a7a1eddd6b0c3}) (= or >75{14cc2b5881a050199a960a1a3483042b446231310e72f0dc471a7a1eddd6b0c3})
Richard J. Cantele,
Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer
750 1,500 2,250
John M. Davies, President
of NY Region and Chief Lending Officer
500 1,000 1,500
Peter Albero, Executive
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
500 1,000 1,500

 

On May 29, 2020, the Compensation Committee
granted a total of 14,975 shares of restricted stock pursuant to the 2017 LTIP, including 3,200 shares in the aggregate to non-employee
directors and 5,000 shares in the aggregate to NEOs. Mr. Cantele received 2,500 shares, Mr. Davies received 1,000 shares, and Mr.
Albero received 1,500 shares. The aggregate fair value of the stock as of the grant date was determined to be $536,105 and the
stock vests three years from the grant date.

 

Phantom Stock Appreciation Unit and Long
Term Incentive Plan.
Effective January 1, 2015, the Board of Directors adopted the 2015 Phantom Stock Appreciation Unit
and Long Term Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) to promote the long-term financial success of Salisbury and the Bank, by
providing a means to attract, retain and reward individuals who can and do contribute to such success and further align their interests
with those of Salisbury’s Shareholders. A “Phantom Stock Appreciation Unit” represents the right to receive a
cash payment on the determination date (i.e., the vesting date) equal to the positive difference between the strike price (which
shall not be less than the tangible book value) on the grant date and the tangible book value of a share of Salisbury’s Common
Stock on the determination date.

 

On January 27, 2017, the Compensation Committee
granted a total of 56,600 Phantom Stock Appreciation Units pursuant to the Plan, including to Mr. Cantele, who received 11,500
units, and Mr. Davies, who received 6,000 units. The units vested on the third anniversary of the grant date, January 27, 2020.
The tangible book value on the grant date was $28.89 and the tangible book value on the determination date was $35.66 resulting
in tangible book value appreciation of $6.77 or 132{14cc2b5881a050199a960a1a3483042b446231310e72f0dc471a7a1eddd6b0c3}. This resulted in a payout of $77,855 to Mr. Cantele and $40,620 to Mr. Davies.

 

Management Agreements. Salisbury
or the Bank has entered into various management agreements with its NEOs, including a severance agreement with Mr. Cantele, Salisbury’s
President and Chief Executive Officer, a change in control agreement with Mr. Albero, Salisbury’s Executive Vice President
and Chief Financial Officer, and a severance agreement with Mr. Davies, Salisbury’s President of the New York Region and
Chief Lending Officer. Such agreements are designed to allow Salisbury to retain the services of the designated executives while
reducing, to the extent possible, unnecessary disruptions to Salisbury’s operations. In addition, it is the intent of the
Compensation Committee to better align the interests of the executive with those of Salisbury’s Shareholders, and the Compensation
Committee believes that these agreements allow executives to more objectively evaluate opportunities for Shareholders without causing
undue personal financial conflicts. For a more detailed description of these agreements, please see the discussion following the
Summary Compensation Table, below.

 

Broad-based Benefits. Salisbury
or the Bank also provides Salisbury’s NEOs certain broad-based benefits available to all qualifying employees, including:

 

· a defined contribution 401(k) retirement plan and discretionary profit-sharing plan;
· an employee stock ownership plan;
· medical coverage (all employees share in a percentage of the cost, depending on their elections);
and
· group life insurance coverage (death benefit capped at $350,000, with the value of the death benefit
over $50,000 being reported as taxable income to all employees).

 

Executive Benefits and Perquisites. In addition to
the broad-based benefits described above, the NEOs received the following fringe benefits and perquisites in 2020:

 

· the NEOs and other senior officers may participate in a non-qualified deferred compensation plan
into which the Board can make a discretionary contribution each year;
· the NEOs and other senior officers are parties to split dollar life insurance agreements with the
Bank; and
· Mr. Albero was provided mileage reimbursement of $500 per month.

 

Risk Management

The Compensation Committee regularly reviews
all incentive-based plans to ensure that controls are in place so that Salisbury’s employees are not presented with opportunities
to take unnecessary and excessive risks that could threaten the value of Salisbury and the Bank. With respect to the STIP and LTIP,
the Compensation Committee reviews and approves the Bank-wide performance objectives that determine bonus payments to be made thereunder.
The performance objectives selected are prevalent measures used by comparable financial institutions and Salisbury’s peer
group.

 

Compensation Clawback Policy

Salisbury maintains a Compensation Clawback
Policy, which applies to Salisbury’s STIP and LTIP and which allows Salisbury to recover any bonus payment made to any Covered
Officer, as defined below, that was based on materially inaccurate financial statements or other materially inaccurate reporting
or fraud. The Clawback Policy applies to Salisbury’s NEOs and other Executive Officers (each a “Covered Officer”).
In the event the Compensation Committee determines that fraud, material error, gross negligence or intentional illegal conduct
or misconduct (each, a “Covered Misconduct” as defined in the Clawback Policy) has contributed to Salisbury’s
restatement of its financial statements, the Compensation Committee, in its discretion, will, refer the matter and its recommendation
as to an appropriate remedy to the Board of Directors for consideration.

 

Impact of Accounting and Tax on the Form
of Compensation

The Compensation Committee and Salisbury’s
Board of Directors and management consider the accounting and tax (individual and corporate) consequences of the compensation plans
prior to making changes to the plans. The Compensation Committee has considered the impact of the Financial Accounting Standards
Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) Topic 718 (formerly SFAS No. 123(R)), on Salisbury’s
use of equity incentives as a key retention tool.

 

As part of its role, the Compensation Committee
also reviews and considers sections of the Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”), including but not limited to, potential parachute
payments that could result in excise taxes under IRC Section 280G and the deductibility of executive compensation under Section
162(m), which limits deduction of compensation paid to NEOs to $1,000,000. This applies to base salary, all cash incentive plans
and equity grants other than stock options. During fiscal 2020, no employee received taxable compensation in excess of $1,000,000
and therefore, deductibility of compensation was not limited by these sections of the IRC.

 

Ownership Guidelines

While Salisbury has not established minimum
stock ownership guidelines for Salisbury’s directors and NEOs, Salisbury regularly reviews the ownership levels of its directors
and officers. As of March 15, 2021, Salisbury’s executive officers and directors own approximately 9{14cc2b5881a050199a960a1a3483042b446231310e72f0dc471a7a1eddd6b0c3} of Salisbury’s
outstanding shares. Such amounts include a total of 26,470 restricted shares awarded to officers and directors.

 

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

Named Executive
Officers of Salisbury

The following table shows
the compensation of Salisbury’s Named Executive Officers, which include those individuals who served as President and Chief
Executive Officer, Chief Lending Officer, and Chief Financial Officer as of December 31, 2020 and 2019. For purposes of this Proxy
Statement and pursuant to federal securities laws and regulations, these persons are referred to as Salisbury’s “Named
Executive Officers” or “NEOs.”

 

Summary Compensation
Table

 

Name and Principal Position   Year  

Salary
($)

 

Bonus(1)
($)

 

Stock
Awards
(2)(3)
($)

 

Option
Awards
($)

 

All
Other Compensation
(4)
($)

 

Total
($)

Richard J. Cantele, Jr., President     2020       399,904       142,766       171,310       0       140,460       854,440  
and Chief Executive Officer     2019       392,063       143,494       191,950       0       109,897       837,404  
John M. Davies,  President of NY Region and     2020       255,877       76,121       90,340       0       79,060       501,398  
Chief Lending Officer     2019       250,860       76,515       111,425       0       62,396       501,196  
Peter Albero, Executive Vice President and     2020       252,597       75,148       108,240       0       53,417       489,402  
Chief Financial Officer     2019       242,742       74,034       113,410       0       33,436       463,622  

 

(1) Bonuses are accrued in the year indicated and paid in the succeeding fiscal year. Thus, the bonus earned in 2020 will be paid in
2021 and the bonus earned in 2019 was paid in 2020.
(2) Reflects
the aggregate fair value of restricted stock awards on date of grant. The value is the amount recognized for financial statement
purposes in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”)
Topic 718.
(3) The 2020 awards to NEOs Cantele, Davies, and Albero represent 2,500, 1,000, and 1,500 shares of restricted stock, respectively,
granted on 5/29/20 pursuant to Salisbury’s LTIP, which shares vest on the third anniversary of the grant date. The 2020 awards
also include units of performance based restricted stock, of which 1,500 units were granted to Mr. Cantele and 1,000 units were
granted to each of Mr. Davies and Mr. Albero, on July 29, 2020. The maximum payout for such performance based restricted stock
units (assumes a share price of $40.00) is $90,000 for Mr. Cantele; $60,000 for Mr. Davies; and $60,000 for Mr. Albero.
(4) All other compensation was comprised of the following elements for the year ended December 31, 2020:

 

 

      Cantele ($)       Davies ($)     Albero ($)
Group Term Life Insurance     778       711       412  
Non-qualified Deferred Comp.     22,407       1,644       10,282  
401(k) Employer Contribution     24,930       24,930       24,930  
Dividends paid on restricted stock     6,090       2,755       3,393  
Employee Stock Ownership Plan     8,400       8,400       8,400  
Phantom Stock Appreciation Units(1)       77,855       40,620       0  
Mileage Reimbursement     0       0       6,000  
TOTAL   $ 140,460     $ 79,060     $ 53,417  

 

(1) Represents the cash value of
Phantom Stock Appreciation Units that were granted 1/27/2017, which vested 1/27/2020. No Phantom Stock Appreciation Units were
granted in 2019 or in 2020.

 

Changes to Incentive Awards

Pursuant to the 2017 Long Term Incentive Plan,
Performance Based Restricted Stock Units were granted in place of Phantom Stock Appreciation Units in 2019 and 2020 to more closely
align management’s interests with that of Shareholders. The measurement period for the award is three (3) calendar years.
The performance measure for the award is based on the increase in the Corporation’s tangible book value (“TBV”)
over the three-year measurement period.

 

CEO Pay Ratio – 13.2:1

The SEC requires disclosure of the median annual
total compensation of all employees (excluding the chief executive officer), the annual total compensation of the chief executive
officer, and the ratio of the median of the annual total compensation of all employees to the annual total compensation of the
chief executive officer. The disclosure is required in any annual report, proxy or information statement, or registration statement
that requires executive compensation disclosure pursuant to Item 402 of Regulation S-K.

 

The Compensation Committee strives to maintain
an executive compensation program that is consistent and internally equitable to motivate Salisbury’s employees to perform
in ways that enhance Shareholder value. Salisbury is committed to internal pay equity, and the Compensation Committee monitors
the relationship between the pay of executive officers and the pay of non-executive employees. The Compensation Committee reviewed
a comparison of the CEO’s annual total compensation in fiscal year 2020 to that of all other employees for the same period.

 

The calculation of annual total compensation
for the CEO for fiscal year 2020 as is reported in the Summary Compensation Table on page 19, was $854,440. The calculation of
annual total compensation of all other employees was determined by “Total W-2 Earnings” in the fiscal year reported
(2020) and includes all employees as of December 31, 2020. Once the median employee was identified, the Summary Compensation Table
methodology was used to calculate annual total compensation.

 

Salisbury’s median employee is identified
by: (i) calculating the annual total compensation described above for each of Salisbury’s employees, and (ii) ranking the
annual total compensation of all employees except for the CEO from lowest to highest (a list of 191 employees).

 

The annual total compensation for fiscal year
2020 for Salisbury’s median employee was $64,809. The resulting ratio, which represents a reasonable estimate calculated
in a manner consistent with SEC rules and guidance, of Salisbury’s CEO’s pay to the pay of Salisbury’s median
employee for fiscal year 2020 is 13.2 to 1.

 

The SEC’s rules provide flexibility in
determining the pay ratio and a degree of imprecision that may result from the use of estimates, assumptions, adjustments, and
statistical sampling that may be used to identify the “median employee” thus, this information should not be relied
upon for comparing Salisbury to its peers.

 

Severance Agreement for Richard J. Cantele,
Jr.
On January 24, 2020, the Bank and Richard J. Cantele, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank, entered into
an updated severance agreement, which became effective as of January 1, 2020 and superseded and replaced a prior severance agreement,
to provide benefits to Mr. Cantele in the event of his termination of employment for the reasons set forth in the agreement. The
term of the severance agreement is for two years, and automatically renews annually; provided, however, in the case of a change
in control (as defined in the severance agreement), the severance agreement will automatically be extended for two years. In the
event of Mr. Cantele’s (i) involuntary termination of employment by the Bank for reasons other than “cause” (as
defined in the severance agreement) or due to his death or disability, or (ii) his voluntary termination of employment for “good
reason” (also, as defined in the agreement) in either case, other than on or after a change in control, he will be entitled
to a severance benefit equal to two (2) times the greater of (i) his annual base salary rate in effect on the date of termination
or his average annual base salary rate for the twelve-month period ending on the last day of the calendar month immediately before
the date of termination and (ii) his average annual cash bonus paid during or attributable to the two-year period immediately preceding
the date of termination. Such benefit will be paid in a lump sum within 60 days following Mr. Cantele’s separation from service.
In addition, Mr. Cantele generally will be entitled to continued participation in the Bank’s group health plan for two years
following separation from service, subject to his payment of a portion of the premium substantially equal to the portion paid by
executive employees of the Bank for comparable coverage. Payment of the severance benefits will be conditioned upon the execution
by Mr. Cantele of a general release within 60 days of the date of his termination of employment, unless such payment is otherwise
required to be deferred under IRC Section 409A. The severance agreement also requires Mr. Cantele to comply with non-compete, non-solicitation
and non-disclosure provisions for a period of one (1) year following his separation from service.

 

In the event of a change in control followed
by Mr. Cantele’s involuntary termination of employment for reasons other than cause or voluntary termination of employment
for good reason, he will be entitled to a lump sum cash payment equal to three (3) times the greater of (i) his highest annual
base salary rate in effect on the date of termination or his highest annual base salary rate for the twenty-four month period ending
on the last day of the month preceding the date of termination, and (ii) his highest annual cash bonus paid or attributable to
any year in the three-year period immediately preceding the date of the Change in Control, payable within 60 days following termination.
The Bank will also provide him with life insurance coverage and non-taxable medical and dental coverage, at no cost to him, substantially
comparable to the coverage maintained by the Bank for him prior to his date of termination, for a period of three years. In addition,
Mr. Cantele will be entitled to the payment of unpaid compensation and benefits and unused vacation accrued through the date of
his termination of employment. He will also receive reimbursement for expenses incurred on behalf of the Bank prior to his termination
of employment within 60 days following his date of termination, unless such payment is otherwise required to be deferred under
IRC Section 409A. In all other respects, the updated agreement is substantially the same as the original prior agreement.

 

Severance Agreement for John M. Davies.
On January 24, 2020, the Bank and Mr. Davies, President of the New York Region and Chief Lending Officer of the Bank, entered
into a severance agreement, which became effective as of January 1, 2020 and superseded and replaced a prior employment agreement,
to provide benefits to Mr. Davies in the event of his termination of employment for the reasons set forth in the severance agreement.
The term of the severance agreement is two years and automatically renews annually; provided, however, in the case of a change
in control (as defined in the severance agreement), the severance agreement will automatically be extended for two years. In the
event of Mr. Davies’ involuntary termination of employment by the Bank for reasons other than “cause” (as defined
in the severance agreement) or his death or disability, or a voluntary termination of employment for “good reason”
(as defined in the severance agreement), in either case, other than on or after a change in control, Mr. Davies will be entitled
to a severance benefit equal to the greater of (i) his annual base salary rate in effect on the date of termination or his average
annual base salary rate for the twelve-month period ending on the last day of the calendar month immediately before the date of
termination and (ii) his average annual cash bonus paid during or attributable to the two-year period immediately preceding the
date of termination. Such benefit will be paid in a lump sum within 60 days following his separation from service unless such payment
is otherwise required to be deferred under IRC Section 409A. In addition, Mr. Davies generally will be entitled to continued participation
in the Bank’s group health plan for two years following separation from service, subject to his payment of a premium portion
substantially equal to the premium portion paid by executive employees of the Bank for comparable coverage. Payment of the severance
benefits will be conditioned upon Mr. Davies executing a general release within 60 days following the date of his termination of
employment. Further, the severance agreement requires Mr. Davies to comply with non-compete, non-solicitation and non-disclosure
provisions for a period of one (1) year following his separation from service.

 

In the event of involuntary termination of
employment for reasons other than cause or a voluntary termination of employment for good reason occurring on or after a change
in control, Mr. Davies will be entitled to a lump sum cash payment equal to two (2) times the greater of (i) his highest annual
base salary rate in effect on the date of termination or his average annual base salary rate for the twenty-four month period
ending on the last day of the month preceding the date of termination, and (ii) his highest annual cash bonus paid or attributable
to any year in the two-year period immediately preceding the date of the change in control. Such amount will be payable within
sixty (60) days following termination, unless such payment is otherwise required to be deferred under IRC Section 409A. The Bank
will also provide Mr. Davies with life insurance coverage and non-taxable medical and dental coverage for a period of two years,
at no cost to him, substantially comparable to the coverage maintained by the Bank for him prior to his date of termination. In
addition, Mr. Davies will be entitled to the payment of unpaid compensation and benefits and unused vacation accrued through the
date of his termination of employment. He will also receive reimbursement for expenses incurred on behalf of the Bank prior to
his termination of employment within sixty (60) days following his date of termination.

 

Change in Control Agreement for Peter Albero.
On January 24, 2020, the Bank and Mr. Albero, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, entered into an updated change
in control agreement, which became effective as of January 1, 2020 and superseded and replaced a prior change in control agreement
between the parties. The change in control agreement will automatically renew for additional one (1) year terms, unless either
party elects not to renew the agreement by providing notice of non-renewal to the other party at least thirty (30) days prior to
the renewal date. The agreement was updated to provide that in the event Salisbury or the Bank at any time during the term of the
change in control agreement effects a transaction which would be a “change in control” (as defined in the agreement),
then the change in control agreement shall be automatically extended for twenty-four (24) months following the date a change in
control occurs.

 

The change in control agreement was also updated
to provide that in the event that Mr. Albero is involuntarily terminated on or after a change in control for reasons other than
“cause” (as defined in the change in control agreement) or due to his death or disability, or voluntarily terminates
for “good reason” (as defined in the change in control agreement) on or after a change in control, Mr. Albero will
be entitled to a lump sum cash payment equal to two (2) times the greater of (i) his annual base salary rate in effect on the date
of termination, or if greater, his average annual base salary rate for the twelve (12) month period ending on the last day of the
calendar month immediately before the date of termination and (ii) one (1) times his highest annual cash bonus paid during or attributable
to the two-year period immediately preceding the date of termination. In addition, Mr. Albero would be entitled to the continuation
of current Bank provided dental, medical and life insurance coverage and other benefits as set forth in the change in control agreement
for two years. In no event may any compensation payable under the change in control agreement constitute an “excess parachute
payment” under Section 280G or violate Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code. Payment of change in control benefits under
the change in control agreement are conditioned upon Mr. Albero’s covenant to comply with non-compete, non-solicitation,
and non-disclosure provisions for a period of one (1) year following his termination of employment. Notwithstanding any provision
in the change in control agreement, Mr. Albero will serve as an employee-at-will. In all other respects, the change in control
agreement is substantially the same as the prior change in control agreement.

 

Non-qualified Deferred Compensation Plan.
On January 25, 2013, the Board of Directors adopted a Non-qualified Deferred Compensation Plan (the “NQDC Plan”)
effective as of January 1, 2013. The NQDC Plan permits the Board of Directors to select certain key employees of the Bank, including
the NEOs, to participate in the NQDC Plan, provided that such employees also evidence their participation by execution of a participation
agreement.

 

At the end of each NQDC Plan year, if the Bank’s
Board of Directors has approved a discretionary contribution, the NQDC Plan administrator will credit the participant’s account
with such contribution. As of the last day of each NQDC Plan year, the NQDC Plan administrator will credit each account with interest
on the account balance equal to the Bank’s highest certificate of deposit rate for that year, compounded annually. Additional
earnings may be credited based on the achievement of performance metrics established by the Board of Directors on the first business
day of the calendar year. The benefits under the NQDC Plan will be subject to the vesting schedule set forth in the participation
agreement. Notwithstanding the vesting schedule, the account balance will become automatically 100{14cc2b5881a050199a960a1a3483042b446231310e72f0dc471a7a1eddd6b0c3} vested upon involuntary termination
without cause, death, disability or a change in control.

 

In the event there is a separation from service
other than due to “cause” (as defined in the NQDC Plan), death, disability or a change in control, participants will
be entitled to the amount of their vested account balance under the NQDC Plan, payable within sixty (60) days after separation
from service. In the event a change in control occurs and the participant has an involuntary separation from service (other than
for cause) or resigns for good reason, they will be entitled to benefits under the NQDC Plan, payable in a lump sum within sixty
(60) days after termination of employment, subject to the requirements of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code. If the participant
dies while employed at the Bank or after their termination but during the payout period, their beneficiary will be paid a death
benefit in a lump sum payment within thirty (30) days after their death. The death benefit will be equal to their account balance
at such time. In the event the participant becomes disabled while employed at the Bank, they will be paid a disability benefit
in a lump sum within thirty (30) days after the determination of their disability unless the participant elects another form of
payment in their participation agreement. The disability benefit will be equal to their account balance as of the date of disability.
Payment of benefits under the NQDC Plan are conditioned on the participant’s covenant to comply with non-compete, non-solicitation
and non-disclosure provisions for a period of one (1) year following separation from service.

 

Split Dollar Life Insurance Arrangements.
During the 2020 calendar year, Messrs. Cantele, Albero and Davies and certain other senior executives were parties to split dollar
life insurance agreements with the Bank, which upon the executive’s death, splits the death benefit payable under one or
more insurance policies between the executive’s beneficiary and the Bank. The maximum payment under the death benefit is
based on whether the executive is a member of executive management or senior management. The split dollar life insurance agreement
provides the beneficiary designated by such executive with a pre-retirement death benefit of three (3) times annual base salary,
not to exceed $350,000. If the NEO remains in the employ of Salisbury until age 65, the executive’s beneficiary is also entitled
to a post-retirement death benefit under the agreement. Post-retirement death benefits for Mr. Cantele are 1.5 times his final
salary up to a maximum of $400,000. Post-retirement death benefits for Mr. Albero and Mr. Davies include a reduced multiple of
final annual base salary (i.e., between 1.5 times and 0.5 times, depending on the former executive’s age at the time of death),
with a maximum death benefit of $400,000.

Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year End

The following table sets forth the outstanding
equity awards held by Salisbury’s NEOs at fiscal year ended December 31, 2020.

Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal
Year End

 

Option Awards

Stock Awards

 

Number of securities underlying unexercised options
exercisable

 

Number of securities underlying unexercised options unexercisable Equity incentive plan awards:  number of securities underlying unexercisable unearned options Option exercise price Option expiration date Number of shares or units of stock that have not vested(1) Market value of shares or units of stock that have not vested(2)

 Name

 (#)

 (#)

 (#)

 ($)

  

 (#)

 ($)

Richard J. Cantele, Jr.       N/A N/A 9,000 335,430
John M. Davies       N/A N/A 4,750 177,032
Peter Albero       N/A N/A 5,300 197,531

 

(1) Stock
awards listed represent grants under Salisbury’s 2017 LTIP. The awards for Mr.
Cantele were for 1,000 shares granted 5/25/18, 1,500 performance based restricted stock
units granted 3/29/19, 2,500 shares granted 5/31/19, 2,500 shares granted 5/29/20, and
1,500 performance based restricted stock units granted 7/29/20 pursuant to the 2017 LTIP
and each award vests on the third anniversary of the grant date. Mr. Davies’ awards
were for 500 shares granted 5/25/18, 1,000 performance based restricted stock units granted
3/29/19, 1,250 shares granted 5/31/19, 1,000 shares granted 5/29/20, and 1,000 performance
based restricted stock units granted 7/29/20 pursuant to the 2017 LTIP and each award
vests on the third anniversary of the grant date. Mr. Albero’s awards were for
500 shares granted 5/25/18, 1,000 performance based restricted stock units granted 3/29/19,
1,300 shares granted 5/31/19, 1,500 shares granted 5/29/20, and 1,000 performance based
restricted stock units granted 7/29/20 pursuant to the 2017 Long Term Incentive Plan,
which shares vest on the third anniversary of the grant date.
(2) Reflects
the value of the restricted stock awards and performance based restricted stock units
as of the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS COMPENSATION

 

The following table summarizes
the compensation paid to non-employee directors for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020. Directors who are also employees of
Salisbury or the Bank do not receive additional compensation for Board service. The compensation received by Mr. Cantele, the only
director who is also an employee of Salisbury, is reflected in the Summary Compensation Table on page 19 of this Proxy Statement.

 

2020
Director Compensation Table

 
Name  

Fees Earned or Paid in Cash

($)

     

Stock
Awards(1)

($)

     

All Other
Compensation(2)

($)

     

Total

($)

 
Charles M. Andola   22,975 (3)       14,320       1,220       38,515  
George E. Banta   19,775       14,320       1,220       35,315  
Arthur J. Bassin   28,275 (4)     14,320       1,220       43,815  
David B. Farrell   47,525 (5)     14,320       1,220       63,065  
Michael D. Gordon   12,562       0       42,075       54,637  
Polly Diane Hoe   11,712       0       42,075       53,787  
Nancy F. Humphreys   26,875 (6)     14,320       1,220       42,415  
Holly J. Nelson   24,350 (7)     14,320       1,220       39,890  
John F. Perotti   24,550 (8)     14,320       1,220       40,090  
Neila B. Radin   15,850       7,160       116       23,126  
Grace E. Schalkwyk   15,000       7,160       116       22,386  

 

(1) Each
director with the exception of Gordon, Hoe, Radin, and Schalkwyk received 400 shares
of restricted stock on 5/29/20 pursuant to the 2017 LTIP. Directors Gordon and Hoe retired
from the Boards on 5/13/20. Directors Radin and Schalkwyk joined the Boards on 11/22/19
and each received a pro-rata share. The fair market value at grant date is reported above.
The shares will be fully vested on the third anniversary of the grant date and the fair
market value at time of vesting will be included as compensation in 2023.
(2) Represents
the dividends earned during 2020 on restricted shares awarded 5/26/17, 5/25/18, 5/31/19,
and 5/29/20 pursuant to the 2017 LTIP which shares vest on the third anniversary of the
grant date. Directors Gordon and Hoe retired from the Boards on 5/13/20 at which time
the vesting was accelerated on restricted shares awarded to them on 5/25/18 and 5/31/19
($12,888 and $14,320 respectively). Also includes a cash bonus of $14,320 awarded to
Directors Gordon and Hoe for their service during 2019-2020.
(3) Includes
$2,500 paid to Mr. Andola for his services as Chairperson of the Loan Committee. Mr.
Andola is retiring from the Board effective at the 2021 Annual Meeting.
(4) Includes
$5,000 paid to Mr. Bassin for his services as Chairperson of the Compensation Committee.
(5) Includes
$5,000 paid to Mr. Farrell for his services as Chairperson of the Audit Committee and
$19,500 for his services as Chairman of the Board.
(6) Includes
$5,000 paid to Mrs. Humphreys for her services as Chairperson of the ALCO/Investment
Committee.
(7) Includes
$2,500 paid to Ms. Nelson for her services as Chairperson of the Nominating and Governance
Committee.
(8) Includes
$2,500 paid to Mr. Perotti for his services as Chairperson of the Trust Committee. Mr.
Perotti is retiring from the Board effective at the 2021 Annual Meeting.

 

Directors’ Fees

During 2020, each non-employee
director who served as a director for the full year received an annual retainer of $7,500. In addition, non-employee directors
received $500 for each Board of Directors meeting attended and $350 for each committee meeting attended. The Chairman received
an annual retainer of $19,500, the Chairpersons of the Audit Committee, ALCO/Investment Committee, and Compensation Committee received
an annual retainer of $5,000, and the Chairpersons of the Trust Committee, Loan Committee, and Nominating and Governance Committee
received an annual retainer of $2,500. The Compensation Committee recommended no increase in board compensation during 2020.

 

Transactions with Management and Others

Salisbury and the Bank have had, and expect
to have in the future, transactions in the ordinary course of business with certain directors, officers and their associates on
substantially the same terms as those available for comparable transactions with others not related to Salisbury or the Bank.

 

In December 2015, Salisbury
issued $10 million in the aggregate principal amount of fixed to floating rate subordinated notes to various accredited investors
including certain of Salisbury’s directors, and used the proceeds therefrom, along with cash-on-hand, to fully redeem $16
million of its outstanding Series B Preferred Stock, which were issued pursuant to the participation in the U.S. Treasury’s
Small Business Lending Fund program. Former Director Robert S. Drucker, who participated as an investor in such private placement
in the amount of $200,000 on the same terms as all other investors, was the only director of Salisbury who participated in an amount
over $120,000. The subordinated notes have a maturity date of December 15, 2025 and bear interest at an annual rate of 6.00{14cc2b5881a050199a960a1a3483042b446231310e72f0dc471a7a1eddd6b0c3} from
and including the original issue date of the subordinated notes to, but excluding, December 15, 2020, payable semi-annually in
arrears on June 15 and December 15 of each year. Thereafter, from and including December 15, 2020 to, but excluding, December 15,
2025, the annual interest rate will be reset quarterly and equal to three-month LIBOR, plus 430 basis points, as described in the
subordinated notes, payable quarterly, in arrears, on March 15, June 15, September 15 and December 15 through December 15, 2025
or an earlier redemption date. The subordinated notes include an optional redemption, without penalty, on or after December 15,
2020 and, in certain limited circumstances, before that date. The indebtedness evidenced by the subordinated notes, including principal
and interest, is unsecured and subordinate and junior in right of Salisbury’s payment to general and secured creditors and
depositors of the Bank.

 

Indebtedness of Management and Others

Some of the directors and executive officers
of Salisbury and the Bank, as well as firms and companies with which they are associated, are or have been customers of the Bank
and, as such, have had banking transactions with the Bank. As a matter of policy, loans to directors and executive officers were,
and in the future will be, made in the ordinary course of business on substantially the same terms, including interest rates,
collateral and repayment terms, as those prevailing at the time for comparable transactions with other persons not related to
Salisbury and the Bank and did not, and in the future will not, involve more than the normal risk of collectability or present
other unfavorable features.

 

 

DELINQUENT SECTION 16(a) REPORTS

 

Section 16(a) of the Exchange
Act requires Salisbury’s executive officers, directors and other persons who own more than ten percent (10{14cc2b5881a050199a960a1a3483042b446231310e72f0dc471a7a1eddd6b0c3}) of Salisbury’s
Common Stock to file with the SEC reports of ownership and changes in ownership of Salisbury’s Common Stock and to furnish
Salisbury with copies of all such reports that they file.

 

Based on a review of copies
of reports filed with the SEC since January 1, 2020 and of written representations by executive officers and directors, all persons
subject to the reporting requirements of Section 16(a) have filed the required reports on a timely basis to the best of management’s
knowledge.

 

 

PROPOSAL 2

TO RATIFY THE APPOINTMENT OF INDEPENDENT
AUDITORS

 

The Audit Committee has appointed
the firm of Baker Newman & Noyes, P.A., LLC (“BNN”) to serve as Salisbury’s independent auditors for fiscal
year ended December 31, 2021. While we are not required to have Shareholders ratify the selection of BNN as independent auditors,
the Board considers the selection of the independent auditors to be an important matter. Accordingly, Shareholders are asked to
consider and ratify the appointment of BNN as independent auditors to audit the consolidated financial statements of Salisbury
for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021 as a matter of good corporate practice. If Shareholders do not ratify the appointment
of BNN, the Audit Committee will consider the vote of Shareholders in selecting the independent auditors in the future.

 

The reports of BNN on the
financial statements of Salisbury for the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019 contained no adverse opinion or disclaimer of
opinion and were not qualified or modified as to uncertainty, audit scope or accounting principle. In connection with its audits
for the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019 and reviews of Salisbury’s financial statements, there were no disagreements
with BNN on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure, or auditing scope or procedure, which
disagreements, if not resolved to the satisfaction of BNN, would have caused them to make reference thereto in their reports, and
there have been no reportable events as described in Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K.

 

A representative of BNN is
expected to attend the Annual Meeting, and they will be provided an opportunity to make a statement if they desire to do so and
will be available to respond to appropriate questions.

 

Relationship with Independent Public Accountants

Audit Fees

The aggregate fees billed for professional
services rendered for the audit of Salisbury’s annual financial statements as presented on Forms 10-K for the last two (2)
fiscal years and the reviews of the financial statements included in Salisbury’s Forms 10-Q for the quarters of the fiscal
years ended December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019 were $293,000 (1) and $290,800, respectively.

(1)
Audit fees for 2020 are an estimate, as certain fees have not yet been billed.

Audit Related Fees

Fees billed in each of the last two (2)
fiscal years for assurance and related services that are reasonably related to performance of the audit or review of Salisbury’s
financial statements that are not reported under “Audit Fees” above for each of the fiscal years ended December 31,
2020 and December 31, 2019 were $16,800(1) and $16,800, respectively.

(1)
Audit related fees for 2020 are an estimate, as certain fees have not yet been billed.

Tax Fees

The aggregate fees billed in each of
the last two (2) fiscal years for professional services rendered for tax preparation for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2020
and December 31, 2019 were $20,700 and $24,000, respectively.

Independence

The Audit Committee
of the Board of Directors of Salisbury has considered and determined that the provision of services rendered by BNN relating to
matters noted above is compatible with maintaining the independence of such auditors.

Audit Committee Pre-Approval of Audit and Permissible Non-Audit
Services of Independent Auditors

The Audit Committee’s
policy is to pre-approve all audit and non-audit services provided by the independent auditors, other than those listed under the
de minimus exception. These services may include audit services, audit-related services, tax services and other services. Pre-approval
is detailed as to a particular service or category of services, and is generally subject to a specific budget. The Audit Committee
has delegated pre-approval authority to its Chairman when expeditious delivery of services is necessary. The independent auditors
and management are required to report to the full Audit Committee regarding the extent of services provided by independent auditors
in accordance with this pre-approval and the fees for the services performed to date. In 2020, there were no fees paid to BNN that
were approved by the Audit Committee pursuant to §17 C.F.R. 210.2-01(c)(7)(i)(C) with respect to waivers of pre-approval requirements.

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS A VOTE “FOR” PROPOSAL 2 TO RATIFY THE APPOINTMENT OF BNN AS INDEPENDENT AUDITORS TO AUDIT
THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS OF SALISBURY FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2021. PROXIES SOLICITED BY THE BOARD
OF DIRECTORS WILL BE SO VOTED UNLESS SHAREHOLDERS SPECIFY A CONTRARY CHOICE ON THE PROXY CARD. THE PROPOSAL TO RATIFY THE APPOINTMENT
OF BAKER NEWMAN & NOYES, P.A., LLC WILL BE APPROVED IF THE AFFIRMATIVE VOTES CAST EXCEED THE VOTES CAST OPPOSING THE PROPOSAL.

  

PROPOSAL 3

TO APPROVE, ON A NON-BINDING ADVISORY BASIS,
THE COMPENSATION OF THE

NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

 

The compensation of our President and Chief
Executive Officer, Chief Lending Officer, and Chief Financial Officer (“Named Executive Officers”) is described in
the executive compensation tables of this Proxy. Shareholders are encouraged to carefully review the executive compensation sections
of this Proxy Statement, which discuss our compensation policies and procedures with respect to our Named Executive Officers.

 

In accordance with Section 14A of the Exchange
Act, Shareholders will be asked at the Annual Meeting to provide their support with respect to the compensation of our Named Executive
Officers by voting on the following advisory, non-binding resolution:

 

RESOLVED,
that the compensation paid to Salisbury Bancorp, Inc.’s Named Executive Officers, as disclosed in this Proxy Statement pursuant
to Item 402 of Securities and Exchange Commission Regulation S-K, including the compensation tables and narrative discussion is
hereby APPROVED.”

 

This advisory vote, commonly
referred to as a “say-on-pay” advisory vote, is non-binding on the Board of Directors. Although non-binding, the Board
of Directors and the Compensation Committee value constructive dialogue on executive compensation and other important governance
topics with our Shareholders and encourage all Shareholders to vote their shares on this matter. The Board of Directors and the
Compensation Committee will review the voting results and take them into consideration when making future decisions regarding our
executive compensation.

 

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY
RECOMMENDS A VOTE “FOR” THE RESOLUTION SET FORTH IN PROPOSAL 3 TO APPROVE, ON A NON-BINDING BASIS, THE COMPENSATION
OF THE NAMED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS. PROXIES SOLICITED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS WILL BE SO VOTED UNLESS SHAREHOLDERS SPECIFY A CONTRARY
CHOICE ON THE PROXY CARD. THE PROPOSAL WILL BE APPROVED IF THE AFFIRMATIVE VOTES CAST EXCEED THE VOTES CAST OPPOSING THE PROPOSAL,
HOWEVER, THE RESULTS OF SUCH VOTE SHALL BE NON-BINDING.

 

 

OTHER BUSINESS

 

Salisbury is not aware of
any business to be acted upon at the Annual Meeting other than that which is discussed in this Proxy Statement. In the event that
any other business requiring a vote of the Shareholders is properly presented at the meeting, the holders of the Proxies will vote
your shares in accordance with their best judgment and the recommendations of a majority of the Board of Directors.

 

You are encouraged to exercise
your right to vote. You can vote your shares via the internet, toll-free telephone call, or by completing, signing and returning
the enclosed proxy card for which a postage-prepaid return envelope is provided. In the event that you are later able to attend
the Annual Meeting, you may revoke your Proxy and vote your shares in person. A prompt response will be helpful and your cooperation
is appreciated.

 

A copy of the Annual Report
to Shareholders for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, which includes the consolidated financial statements of Salisbury
for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, is available on Salisbury’s website at salisburybank.com under “Shareholder
Relations”. Copies may be obtained, without charge, by any Shareholder upon written request to: Shelly L. Humeston, Secretary,
Salisbury Bancorp, Inc., 5 Bissell Street, P. O. Box 1868, Lakeville, Connecticut 06039-1868.

 

 

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF SHAREHOLDER PROPOSALS

 

Any proposal that a Salisbury
Shareholder wishes to have included in Salisbury’s Proxy Statement and form of Proxy relating to Salisbury’s 2022 Annual
Meeting of Shareholders under Rule 14a-8 of the SEC must be received by Salisbury’s Secretary at 5 Bissell Street, P.O. Box
1868, Lakeville, Connecticut 06039-1868 by December 8, 2021. A Shareholder wishing to submit a proposal must follow the procedures
outlined in Rule 14a-8 of the Exchange Act and must satisfy the requirements set forth in Salisbury’s Bylaws. Accordingly,
a Shareholder’s notice to the Secretary shall set forth as to each matter the Shareholder proposes to bring before the annual
meeting (i) a brief description of the business desired to be brought before the annual meeting and the reasons for conducting
such business at the annual meeting, (ii) the name and address, as they appear on Salisbury’s books, of the Shareholder proposing
such business, (iii) the class and number of shares of Salisbury that are beneficially owned by the Shareholder, and (iv) any material
interest of the Shareholder in such business. The Secretary may also require, in writing and prior to the meeting, any and all
information about the Shareholder or the proposed matter which the Secretary determines in their discretion to be appropriate using
the then current requirements of Regulation 14A under the Exchange Act. For business proposed to be brought before next year’s
annual meeting by a Shareholder other than a proposal submitted in accordance with Rule 14a-8, such proposal must be received by
the Secretary no later than forty-five (45) days prior to the date of the proxy statement released to shareholders in connection
with the annual meeting in the prior year in order to be considered timely and must otherwise comply with the requirements set
forth in Salisbury’s Bylaws. Nothing in this paragraph shall be deemed to require Salisbury to include in its Proxy Statement
and form of Proxy for such meeting any Shareholder proposal which does not meet the requirements of the SEC in effect at the time.

 

SHAREHOLDER INFORMATION

 

Salisbury’s Annual
Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020 as filed with the SEC is also available on Salisbury’s website
at salisburybank.com under “Shareholder Relations”, “SEC Filings”. Copies may be obtained, without charge,
by any Shareholder upon written request to: Shelly L. Humeston, Secretary, Salisbury Bancorp, Inc., 5 Bissell Street, P. O. Box
1868, Lakeville, Connecticut 06039-1868.

 

Salisbury’s Annual
Report for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020 accompanies this document and is not incorporated by reference.

 

BY ORDER OF THE
BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF

SALISBURY BANCORP, INC.

 

Shelly L. Humeston

Secretary

 

Lakeville, Connecticut

April 5, 2021