February 2013 Newsletter

Wagoner County Visit Planned
Every year representatives from the County Assessor’s office pay us a visit to register new homeowners and to sign qualified folks up for Homestead Exemptions.  This year they will be with us in the clubroom on Friday, February 22nd, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.  There have been changes to the Homestead Exemption laws that can positively affect the tax status of our senior residents.  If you were 62 years of age before Jan 1st, 2013 you can now earn up to $30,200 annually and still qualify for a limited Homestead Exemption on the taxes you pay on your home.  Homestead Exemptions normally apply to individuals who own real estate, but this Limited Exemption applies to folks who lease land in a community like ours.  This is a big increase in the income level so don’t miss this opportunity to take advantage of the tax break.  Mark your calendars and come and visit with these folks to see if this will be a benefit to you!   They will be able to register you on the spot, but you will need to bring proof of your 2012 income and you will need your social security number in order to sign up.  You don’t need to bring your Social Security card, unless you can’t remember your number.  We will have the coffee pot on and will have some donuts on hand that morning!  So, plan to stop in and see the folks from Wagoner County, then have coffee and a donut with us!  We  hope you can benefit from this change.  If you have any questions about this, please give us a call at 918-355-1681.

Wagoner County Letters
Letters have been sent out from the Wagoner County Assessors’ office to everyone who has personal property on the county tax rolls.  The purpose of these letters is to verify that the property is still located at the address they have on record.  When you get your letter, here is what you need to do:  If there is specific information listed about your home on the upper portion of the letter, such as the year, make, model and VIN number—AND—if this information is correct, you DO NOT need to return a copy of your title with the letter.  On the section near the bottom of the letter where it asks for information about sheds, carports, decks, etc., you can write “no change” if you have not made additions to your property in the last year.  If you have made additions, they need to be listed.  That’s it!  Sign it and send it back.  Make sure you get it back to them by the due date listed or you could face a penalty.

New Neighbor News
Welcome to Olivia Ann Spicer!  She arrived early on January 6th, 2013, weighing in at 7 pounds, 1 ounce.  Her parents are Kevin and Tiffany Spicer and her “Meme” – is me!
We also welcome baby Basquez to the neighborhood!  Did not get the specifics, but welcome to you! Congrats to mom, sister and grandma!

A “Sweetheart” Deal!
For the month of February, Johanna Woods is giving away a $25.00 gift certificate to one of these fine local restaurants:

Olive Garden
Santa Fe Cattle Company
Los Cabos
Oklahoma Joe’s

Your on-time rental payment enters you into the drawing and if you win, you get to choose where you would like to eat.  Rent is due by the time we open the office on the morning of the 6th, and anything that comes in after that time is late.  This is a deal that’s only available to you because you live in Johanna Woods and we are glad you do! Good luck to you!

Our American Heritage
“There is not a truth to be gathered from history more certain, or more momentous, than this: civil liberty cannot long be separated from religious liberty without danger, and ultimately without destruction to both.  Wherever religious liberty exists, it will, first or last, bring in and establish political liberty.” Joseph Story, Justice of the United States Supreme Court, 1811-1845 and Harvard Law School Professor.

The dictionary defines “continuity” as “a state of stability and the absence of disruption”.  This is a condition that we have enjoyed in Johanna Woods, both as a community, and as a business.  Did you know that 67% of our residents have lived in Johanna Woods for more than 5 years?  33% have been  here more than 10 years!  These are impressive statistics and we want you to know that we appreciate all of you who have made Johanna Woods your home.  Your residency has given the community stability and in turn, has allowed the business to operate in a steady manner, providing you with consistency in management and oversight. Whether you have lived in Johanna Woods for 1 month or 28 years, we are glad you are here!  We look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve you and your family.

Quick Cook’s Corner
Mini Pizzas

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes

1 can Grands ® biscuits
1 cup pizza sauce
2 cups shredded, mozzarella cheese
1 (3.5 ounce) package sliced pepperoni
Extra toppings to taste

Press each biscuit into a 6-inch round and place on as many greased cookie sheets as needed.  Top each round with pizza sauce, cheese and pepperoni and bake at 375 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the bottom crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbly.  Add extra toppings such as onions, sausage, etc. to customize individual pizzas and serve with a nice dinner salad.  It’s a quick meal with minimal kitchen and clean-up time!

Community Calendar
February 1st—Rent is due
February 6th—Rent is late and subject to a $25.00 late fee
February 14th—Valentine’s Day
February 22nd—Wagoner County Assessor’s Visit from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.