February 2017 Newsletter

Assessor’s Visit Could Reduce Your Taxes
Every year representatives from the County Assessor’s office visit Broken Arrow to register new homeowners and to sign qualified folks up for Homestead Exemptions.  Did you know that even though you do not own the land your home is on that a limited homestead exemption is available?  If you were 62 years of age before Jan 1st, 2017 you can now earn  up to $30,950.00 annually and still qualify for a Limited Homestead Exemption on your personal property taxes.  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.  The increase in the income maximum means more folks can enjoy this savings.  If you qualify, the property value that you pay taxes on can be reduced by $2,000.00.  That in turn lowers your taxes and lets you keep more of your money in your pocket!  The Assessor’s office folks will be at Forest Ridge on February 22nd, from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm.  They will return on February 23rd from 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm.  Don’t miss this chance to take advantage of a tax break!  They will be able to register you on the spot, but you need to have proof of your 2016 income and your social security number in order to sign up.  We  hope this information is helpful to you.  If you have any questions about this, please give us a call at 918-355-1681 or you can call the Assessor’s Office in Wagoner directly at 918-485-2367.

Wagoner County Rendition Letters
Each year in February the Wagoner County Assessor’s Office sends out Tax Rendition letters.  These letters serve as a written report to the county that provides verification of the personal property we will be taxed on.  For simplicity they are prepared by the county using information already on the tax rolls, then each of us as owners of personal property, must review the property listed to verify that the report is accurate and that we still own it.  If nothing has changed at your home since last year, it is a simple matter of signing and returning the form.  If you have added something like a deck or carport, you need to note that addition on the form.  Be aware that there is a 10% initial penalty if you do not get that letter back to them by the deadline!  The penalty increases from there and can be very expensive, so don’t delay in returning your letter.  If you have any questions, bring your letter in and we will help!

New Neighbor News
The beginning of the new year usually brings an increase in home sale activity.  If lots are available we usually see homes brought in as well.  We always try and recognize our new neighbors with a yard sign because we want to make them feel welcome!  We also hope folks nearby will take the time to meet and welcome them.

A “Sweetheart” Deal
For the month of February, Johanna Woods is giving away a $25.00 gift certificate to one of these fine local merchants:
-Olive Garden
-Chili’s
-Charleston’s
-Santa Fe Cattle Co.
-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!

Cook’s Corner
Sweet, Sticky and Spicy Chicken
Ingredients:
1 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. hot sauce
2 tbsp. honey
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tsp. chopped fresh ginger root
2 tsp. chopped garlic
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves—cut into 1/2 inch strips
Directions:
Mix brown sugar, honey, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and hot sauce together in a small bowl.  Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Lightly salt and pepper the chicken strips and add to the heated oil.  Brown on both sides, about 1 minute per side, then pour the sauce mixture over the chicken.  Simmer uncovered until the sauce thickens, 8 to 10 minutes.

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.

Paper Recycling
Studies show that Americans use about 85,000.000 tons of paper every year, with the average household throwing away around 13,000 pieces of paper trash each year.  Most of this is junk mail and packaging.  Paper is one of the easiest things of all to recycle and we have tried to make it simple for our residents by placing a blue trash bin just for junk mail next to the mail boxes.  When you stop to get your mail, why take the junk mail home?  Take a moment and drop it in the blue trash can.  If we all did this, we could reduce what goes to the landfill by a big amount!  Recycling is coming to Broken Arrow this year and we hope you plan to be involved.  Recycling is not about saving the planet, it’s about being a better steward of the beautiful world we’ve been given!

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 and 23rd—Wagoner County Assessor Visit at Forest Ridge.  See the article above for specific times.