Franklin County Auditor's Report: Investigating the Appraisal Process


Executive Summary:

In the spring of 2020, Franklin County Auditor Michael Stinziano reached out to the Kirwan Institute with the goal of building a partnership aimed at (1) reviewing the 2017 reappraisal audit and offering recommendations based on those findings specific to the impacts of historic policies (including redlining) and racial bias in the real estate market, (2) assess the current triennial review through a racial justice lens focusing on accessibility, and (3) make recommendations for future triennial reviews to further address the negative impacts of historical and current policies that marginalize communities of color. The following executive summary highlights key findings and recommendations from this study. Each finding and recommendation listed below is also included in greater detail in the main body of the report. All recommendations offered in this report are aimed at addressing and eliminating instances of subjectivity and bias, addressing systemic inequalities within the appraisal model and the appraisal process, and/or mitigating the disparate impact of historic policies.


Authors: Michael Outrich, Glennon Sweeney, Mikyung Baek, Kip Holley, Clair Mei

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