East Providence City Manager Peter Graczykowski wants to "make sure all homeowners who get a Homestead Exemption are entitled to it."
Graczykowski filled in the City Council Tuesday night on a Budget Commission-approved audit to be undertaken of Homestead Exemptions that could save the city up to $200,000 based on audits elsewhere of similar cities.
The city manager said East Providence has more than 11,000 exemptions worth almost $7 million.
The cost of finding out if everyone receiving an exemption is entitled to it will cost about $8,000, he said.
"This will certify everyone," Graczykowski said.
"There has never been an audit," he responded to a question from Mayor Bruce Rogers.
Letters will be sent to all taxpayers receiving an exemption, he said.
Homeowners will have to sign a statement that the property receiving an exemption is their primary residence. They will also have to provide proof to the Tax Assessor's Office.
Taxpayers who do not respond by Nov. 30 or do not qualify will have their exemptions removed, said Graczykowski.
"We want to make sure the exemptions are going to the right people," the city manager said.