February 2018 Newsletter

Wagoner County Assessor’s Visit
Every year representatives from the County Assessor’s Office in Wagoner visit Broken Arrow to register new homeowners and to sign qualified folks up for Homestead Exemptions.  Even though you do not own the land your home is on, a limited homestead exemption could be available. Certain age and income guidelines apply, but if you qualify, you could see a reduction in the total amount you pay taxes on.  The folks from the Assessor’s Office will be at Forest Ridge on February 21st, from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm.  They will return on February 22nd from 12:00 pm until 6:00 pm.  Don’t miss this chance to find out whether or not you can take advantage of a tax break!  They will be able to register you on the spot, but you need to have proof of your 2017 income and your social security number in order for them to sign you up, if you meet the requirements.  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.  Please realize when we pass on information like this, it is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended as tax advice.  Johanna Woods has always attempted to offer practical help and information to our residents.  We are your neighbors in the community and hope to share relevant and timely information in the newsletter that we provide you with each month.

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 verifying ownership of the personal property they will be taxing and are required by law.  For simplicity, the county prepares them using information already on the tax rolls, then each of us must review the property listed to assure that the report is accurate and that we still own the listed property.  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.  NOTE: there is a 10% initial penalty if you do not return the rendition letter to them by the deadline!  The penalty increases from there and can be very expensive, so don’t delay in returning your letter.  Questions?  Call the Assessor’s Office at 918-485-2367.

Sad Neighbor News
Our friend and former neighbor Toby Lamon kept his final appointment in January.  Toby had not been able to live in our community for the last 6 years due to his health but was known by many of us who remember his kind, soft spoken manner.  His faithful wife Patsy continues with us and is in our thoughts and prayers as she carries on.

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 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 sure glad you do!  Good luck to you!

Cook’s Corner
Chicken Quesadillas
2 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken
2/3 cup salsa
1/3 cup sliced green onions
3/4 to 1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
6 flour tortillas (8 inch size)
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
Sour Cream and Guacamole
Directions:  Combine the first 6 ingredients in a skillet and cook uncovered over medium heat for 10 minutes, or until heated through, stirring as needed.  Brush one side of tortillas with butter.  Spoon 1/3 cup chicken mixture over half of unbuttered side of each tortilla.  Sprinkle chicken mixture with 1/3 cup of cheese then fold the other plain side of the tortilla over the cheese and chicken.  Place on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake at 475º for 7-10 minutes until golden.  Cut into wedges and serve with sour cream and guacamole as desired.  Yum!

Our American Heritage
“Human rights can only be assured among a virtuous people.  The general government…can never be in danger of degenerating into a monarchy, an oligarchy, an aristocracy, or any despotic or oppressive form so long as there is any virtue in the body of the people.”  George Washington
“Whenever we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.”  Thomas Paine

Recycling Reminder
Studies show that Americans use about 85,000.000 tons of paper every year.  Most of this is junk mail and packaging.  Much of that probably occurs around the holidays, and paper is one of the easiest things of all to recycle!  We have tried to make it easy for our residents to recycle junk mail by placing a blue trash bin just for 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 one little thing, we could reduce what goes to the landfill by a good amount!  A recycling test program is coming to Broken Arrow this year, but everyone can recycle junk mail now!  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 21st and 22nd—Wagoner County Assessor Visit at Forest Ridge