OSAGE COUNTY GOP


Party to hold county convention in Hominy


Osage County Republican precinct meetings and the county convention will be this Saturday, March 7, at the Osage County Inter Local Co-op, 207 East Main Street, Hominy. Registration will be from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., followed by precinct meetings and the county convention. All Republicans registered to vote in Osage County are welcome. Bring your Voter ID Card and Driver’s License. For questions, call or text 918-853-6371.


PINOT AND PETALS


PAO’s girls’ night out is set for April 18


Grab your friends and come join Preserving Arts in the Osage for an ultimate girls’ night out… Pinot and Petals! Come create your very own fresh flower arrangement, learning all the tips and tricks of the pros along the way — then take your gorgeous design home to enjoy This will be an evening to unleash your creativity, gather with friends, and support PAO and its mission. Your ticket will include your beautiful flowers, supplies and instruction, as well as wine and hors d’oeuvres. In addition, a portion of the ticket will benefit the PAO and its mission. Class size is limited, so reserve your spot now. The event will be at Old No. 1 Firehouse, 118 1/2 West Main, Pawhuska. Tickets are $100 each. To buy tickets, visit https://AlicesTable.com/Events/Pinot-and-Petals-with-PAO-Preserving-Arts-in-the-Osage_1579031889


VEGETABLE FARMING CLASS


Osage Extension, Bird Creek Farms to collaborate


Osage County Extension and Bird Creek Farms are collaborating to offer a vegetable farming class in March. Classes are scheduled to be held from 9-11 a.m. March 10, 17, 24 and 31 at Bird Creek Farms in Pawhuska. Classes will deal with subjects such as soil preparation, bed layout, production goals, growing season extension, crop maintenance and pest management. For more information, contact Osage County Extension at 918-287-4170.


PAWHUSKA LIBRARY


Story Time scheduled on Thursdays


Yvonne Rose, director of the Pawhuska Library, announced recently that the library had scheduled a Story Time for Young Children for 9:30 a.m. each Thursday. The event was planned to last about half an hour and feature a story and an activity, Rose said. The Story Time activity is for preschool children, and for children in grades 1-2. The Story Time is being offered to homeschooled children, as well as to children who are enrolled in public school but may not be in school that day, for whatever reason.


Rose said the library hoped to offer the Story Time for Young Children on Thursday mornings during February and March. There is no pre-registration necessary. Call the Pawhuska Library at 918-287-3989 for more information.


ASSESSOR’S OFFICE


Osage County Assessor provides business personal property questions and answers


1) Who is required to file a Business Statement of Assets (form 901)? All Osage County businesses, corporations, and professionals are required to file a 901 as of Jan. 1 each year.


2) Why do businesses have to file form 901? Title 68, section 2817, Oklahoma Statutes, requires that all personal property must be reported each year to the Osage County Assessor’s Office. If you receive a return by mail, it is because our office has determined that you may have property to report. If you feel the form is not applicable, return it with an explanation. Either way, the form MUST be returned. Failure to receive a Personal Property Tax Return (Form 901) does not relieve you of your obligation to file.


3) What are the due dates for filing the Business Statement of Assets (form 901 & 924)? By Oklahoma statute Title 68, section 2836 ©, the Statement of Assets (Form 901) must be filed from Jan. 1 to March 15 each year. After March 15, the return is delinquent and a penalty of 10% of the assessed valuation is added. After April 15, a penalty of 20% of the assessed valuation is added. There is no provision in the statutes for an extension. If the business has closed, then it needs to be indicated on the form the date the business closed and notified to the Assessor’s Office.


4) What assets to report to the Assessor’s Office?


• furniture, fixtures, machinery, equipment, computer equipment, leasehold improvements;


• leased, loaned, rented, borrowed, or assets provided as part of rent. (901 form provides area on back of form to list these specific assets and must be listed for information purposes).


• DO NOT need to list vehicles, automobiles, trucks, etc. of this nature.


• All assets must be reported whether fully depreciated or not.


5) What if the business was bought or sold in the middle of the year? The owner on Jan. 1 would be responsible for filing the personal property return. However, the County Assessor’s office needs to be notified of any changes in ownership. Oklahoma statutes does not allow for proration of business personal property taxes.


The Osage County Assessor’s Office understands everyone has a busy schedule and wants to make all forms readily available for all taxpayers online. All forms are available at osage.okcounties.org under the Assessor or the Oklahoma Tax Commission website, ok.gov. If you would like to reach the Osage County Assessor’s Office please contact us at 918-287-3448, or visit our office in Pawhuska, OK. 74056, 600 Grandview Rm. 101.


VOTER REGISTRATION


Deadline is March 13


Friday, March 13, 2020, is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the April 7, 2020, City of Pawhuska Municipal General, Bartlesville I-30 Board of Education General, Caney Valley I-18 Special School, Prue I-50 Special School and Woodland I-90 Board of Education General elections, according to Osage County Election Board Secretary Kelly Chouteau.


Chouteau said that persons who are United States citizens, residents of Oklahoma, and at least 18 years old may apply to become registered voters.


Persons who have never been registered to vote before or who are not currently registered in the county of their residence and persons who are registered but who need to change their registration information may apply by filling out and mailing an Oklahoma Voter Registration Application form in time for it to be postmarked no later than midnight Friday, March 13, 2020.


Chouteau explained that applications postmarked after that time will still be accepted and processed; however, the applications will not be approved until after April 7, 2020.


The Osage County Election Board responds in writing to every person who submits an application for voter registration. The response is either a voter identification card listing the new voter’s precinct number and polling place location, or a letter that explains the reason or reasons the application for voter registration was not approved.


Chouteau said that any person who has submitted a voter registration application and who has not received a response within 30 days should contact the County Election Board office at 918-287-3036 or email OsageCounty@elections.ok.gov.


Oklahoma Voter Registration Application forms are available at the Osage County Election Board office located at 630 Kihekah Ave, Pawhuska, and at most post offices, tag agencies, and public libraries in the county. Chouteau said that applications also are available at our website www.osage.okcounties.org or the state website www.elections.ok.gov, and voters can check their registration status at www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Online_Voter_Tool/.


ABSENTEE BALLOTS


Apply early for ballots for April 7


Voters in Osage County who want to have absentee ballots mailed to them for the April 7, 2020, City of Pawhuska Municipal General, Bartlesville I-30 Board of Education General, Caney Valley I-18 Special School, Prue I-50 Special School and Woodland I-90 Board of Education General elections should apply now, County Election Board Secretary Kelly Chouteau said. Although the Osage County Election Board can accept applications for absentee ballots until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, Chouteau urged voters who want to vote by absentee ballot to apply early.


Absentee ballot application forms are available at the Osage County Election Board office located at 630 Kihekah Ave., Pawhuska, Oklahoma. An online version of the form can be filled out and submitted electronically at: www.elections.ok.gov. A print form can also be downloaded at that address.


Voters who have requested an absentee ballot can track their ballot at http://www.ok.gov/elections/Voter_Info/Online_Voter_Tool/.


Ballots must be in the hands of Osage County Election Board officials by 7 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.


Chouteau said any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot in any election in which he/she is eligible to vote. It is not necessary to give a reason for voting absentee.


For more election-related information, call the Osage County Election Board at 918-287-3036, e-mail at OsageCounty@elections.ok.gov or visit www.elections.ok.gov or www.osage.okcounties.org