Summary of the Franklin County Auditor's Geographic Information System:
The Franklin County Auditor's Geographic Information System (GIS) launched in February 1987. A GIS is a computer graphic system that allows the input, query, manipulation, display and output of geographically referenced information. The goal of the project was to create a single source of digital data containing graphic and non-graphic real estate appraisal information captured on an accurate planimetric base map foundation.
Within the Auditor's Real Estate Division, one of the many duties performed is the important and time-consuming task of appraising and reappraising each of the 433,000-plus parcels of real estate within the county. This ongoing process demands extensive information management capabilities now being provided by the GIS.
The GIS enhances the appraisal process by greatly increasing the auditor's information storage, retrieval, inventory and analysis capabilities, ultimately resulting in equalized taxation for the taxpayers of Franklin County.
The Franklin County Auditor's Office has witnessed a large increase in property transactions during the past few years. Following the "Great Recession," annual property transactions in the county lingered around 12,000. The number has been steadily increasing since 2011 and in 2015 the Franklin County Auditor's Office processed more than 20,000 valid sales deeds.
The quarterly sales trend report of property transactions in Franklin County is a distribution analysis and quarterly comparison of transactions from 2014 to 2015.
The initial Franklin County Auditor's GIS, containing records of property characteristics, location, ownership and valuation, consisted of:
The Franklin County Auditor's Office Geographic Information System project is unique because it was developed to meet the needs of the Auditor's Office. Appraisal, planimetric and cadastral base map information was captured by the Auditor's Office and the Auditor is maintaining all non-graphic appraisal information along with some elements of the planimetric base map that relate to the appraisal process. The Franklin County Engineer's Office assists in maintaining right-of-way and other cadastral information.