The Wood County Auditor’s Office has mailed approximately 8,800 Homestead Exemption Renewals, Auditor Michael Sibbersen said.
The original Homestead program was extended by the state legislature in 2007 to exempt the first $25,000 of market value from taxation, yielding an expected tax savings in the range of $300-400 per year. Renewal forms are mailed to all taxpayers who currently have the Homestead Exemption on their residence. If there are no changes in the applicant’s status, the form need not be returned.
New applicants for the Homestead Exemption for real estate and manufactured homes must meet the following qualifications:
• Applicants must be at least 65 years of age on or before Dec. 31, 2012 or permanently disabled as of Jan. 1, 2012.
• Applicants must also own and occupy the home as their principal place of residence as of Jan. 1, 2012. By law, a person has only one principal place of residence and this determines, for instance, where you are registered to vote and where you declare residency for income tax purposes.
Homeowners who were eligible in 2011 but failed to apply may do so now and receive credit on this year’s taxes. Those needing assistance with the renewal form may call 866-860-4140, ext. 9173 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homeowners who need a new application form may visit www.co.wood.oh.us/auditor to print a copy, or call auditor’s office to request one by mail. New application forms are also available at Wood County Senior Center locations.
The American Red Cross offer Babysitter Training in the Genoa Middle School Library Tuesday, May 15 and Wednesday, May 16 from 3 to 6 p.m. Students must attend both sessions to receive a certificate.
Leslie Vogelpohl will instruct the course, which offers participants the information they need to be confident and knowledgeable about childcare. Participants receive a handbook and certification card upon completion.
The class is open to 11- to 13-year-olds. The course fee is $85. Thanks to the generosity of the Ottawa County Community Foundation, there are a limited number of full scholarships available for the training. Space is limited to 15 students. To register, call 419-734-1100 or email email@example.com.
WSOS programs enrolling
Applications for children ages birth to 4 years old are now being accepted at WSOS Early Childhood Centers, including those in Pemberville, Bowling Green, Perrysburg, Rossford, Genoa, Port Clinton, Fremont and Clyde.
Of the 11 early childhood centers operated by WSOS in its four-county area, each has earned the highest Step Up to Quality designation awarded by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (DJFS), Children Services Division – Three Stars.
Children enrolled at the centers play, learn and develop social skills. Full- and half-day classes and/or home visitation services are offered.
The WSOS Head Start/Early Childhood Development program is a comprehensive early childhood and family program. The program provides early childhood education that is complemented by nutrition/health services for the child, and social services for the entire family. Families who enroll in the program benefit by having access to a variety of community resources, diverse parent education programs, and other social services that can assist the family to become self-sufficient.
Eligible families are those whose total annual income does not exceed 100 percent of the federal poverty guidelines for Early Head Start/Head Start and 200 percent for the Early Childhood Education Program. Children with special needs are also eligible for these services. Please call to verify the income levels.
Memorial Day display
In celebration of Memorial Day, the Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce is planning a photographic display in Flat Iron Park to honor those who have served or are serving our country.
The display, which will run from May 23 to 30, will include 11 x 17 posters adorned by red, white and blue bows. Anyone who would like to have military personnel’s picture displayed may call 419-898-0479 or stop by the Chamber office at 161 W. Water St., Oak Harbor. The cost is $10. The deadline for submissions and payment is May 18.
All net proceeds will be donated to Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio.
Young professionals sought
The Rotary Clubs of Northwest Ohio are seeking young professionals to participate in a cultural exchange with India for four weeks starting Jan. 15, 2013.
The purposes of Group Study Exchange (GSE), a program of The Rotary Foundation, are to promote international understanding and goodwill through person-to-person contact and to provide international professional development opportunities for the participants.
While abroad, five GSE Team members led by a Rotarian will live with Rotarians and have the opportunity to meet their professional counterparts in India and to experience the local culture. They will also tour the Rotary district of their hosts, which could include moving to a new location every several days.
The Rotary Foundation provides round-trip air travel. Local Rotarians will provide meals, lodging and travel within the Indian states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Team members pay only for personal and incidental expenses.
Applicants should be U.S. citizens between the ages of 25 and 40. They cannot be spouses or descendants of Rotary members, and must have been employed full-time in a recognized business or profession for at least two years. Applicants also must live and/or work within Rotary District 6600, which covers Northwest Ohio.
For an application form or additional information, contact your local Rotary Club, email Ron Stoner, District 6600 GSE Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 419-276-1839. Completed applications must be received before Sept. 1.
After a recent session of the Ottawa County Grand Jury, indictments have been returned against the following individuals:
• Don D. Allen, 35, of Toledo, and George E. Goodrich Jr., 39, of Curtice, each were charged with Criminal Nonsupport after they allegedly failed to pay court-ordered child support for their respective minor dependents. Allen is charged with four courts for failing to pay through 2009 and 2010. Goodrich is facing 12 counts for failing to pay from 2006 through the present. The charges are felonies of the fifth degree.
• Alex M. Bennett, 23, who is being held in the Ottawa County Detention Facility, was charged with one felony count of Possession of Drugs, along with two misdemeanor counts of Possession of Drugs after Carroll Township Police officers allegedly found him in possession of over 100 tablets of prescription medications on April 15.
• Cory R. Haeft, 24, who is also being held in the Ottawa County Detention Facility, has been indicted on one count of Tampering with Evidence, a felony of the third degree after he allegedly provided the urine of another person to the Ottawa County Adult Probation Department in December when he was undergoing urinalysis as a condition of his probation in another criminal case. His father, Mark W. Haeft, 51, who is also in the Ottawa County Detention Facility, is charged with one count of Complicity to Tamper with Evidence, also a felony of the third degree, for allegedly providing the urine for his son to use.
• Jennifer C. Samples, 34, whose last known address is Toledo, was indicted on two counts of Burglary, both felonies of the second degree, along with charges of Theft and Attempted Theft after she reportedly entered an Elmore residence on two occasions in March.
• Brittany N. Morgan, 27, of Huron, has been charged with two felony counts of Theft after she allegedly took firearms and other property valued at more than $7,500 from an Elmore resident last month.
Summonses were issued for Allen and Bennett. Both are scheduled to make their initial appearances in the Ottawa County Court of Common Pleas on May 9. Warrants have been issued for the other defendants.
Ottawa County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Mulligan notes that an indictment does not indicate guilt, only that probable cause exists that the defendant committed the crime charged.
The Mercy St. Charles Foundation is holding its annual Flower Sale to benefit hospital programs and services May 10 from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale, which is open to the public, will be located outside the hospital’s front entrance.
Hanging baskets in assorted varieties will be available for $16 each. For more information, call 419-696-7245. For more information about the foundation, visit www.mercyweb.org/stcharlesfoundation.