WODONGA mayor Kev Poulton does not believe figures showing his city markedly lagging Albury Council on the funding of joint projects are "100 per cent accurate".
Examples cited had Albury grant $80,000 and $150,000 for resident attraction and smart services while Wodonga contributed zilch.
Cr Poulton queried the data presented.
"Obviously there's some confusion around some of the figures because I don't think they're 100 per cent accurate," Cr Poulton said.
Asked if he was aware of the comparisons before Cr King aired them, Cr Poulton said no, adding they were a "surprise to me and they looked a bit of a surprise to Albury councillors because they wanted to defer" debate on the issue.
Cr King put a motion to ensure joint spending with nearby councils was "equitable" and it will return for debate on June 28 after concerns were raised.
Cr King on Wednesday vouched for the integrity of his data which was queried by colleague Henk van de Ven..
"They are not made up figures, they're real and all we want to do is have an equal partnership," Cr King said.
"I love Wodonga, I went to school there, I spent half my life there.
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"It's not about Wodonga bashing, it's about realising the potential of both cities but it's got to be fair and you can't have one city carrying the load."
Cr King also highlighted that Albury Council had a $17 million deficit and its Wodonga counterpart was set for a $8.9 million surplus based on its recent budget.
Asked if it was fair that Albury was contributing more given the respective financial states, Cr Poulton avoided a direct answer.
"It's not my position to speak on Albury's position, but it's on an equitable scale and anyone assessing the situation has got to look at equitableness versus equality," Cr Poulton said.
"There's too many factors, you can't just say 'bottom line is a judgement factor'."
Cr Poulton said he expected to speak to his Albury peer Kevin Mack about the issues raised but dismissed the likelihood of it being discussed in the Wodonga Council chamber.
"At this point in time we don't need to be debating what Albury is debating," Cr Poulton said.
Fellow Wodonga councillor Ron Mildren also said he did not believe the matter will be raised formally for an exchange of views unless his city's chief executive Mark Dixon opted to put it on the agenda.
Cr Mildren said he was previously unaware of the contrast in contributions presented by Cr King.
"I'm not aware of the difference in numbers," he said.
"I know what the Wodonga numbers are but not the Albury numbers."
Other spending examples of Albury paying more involved destination marketing ($120,000 to $35,000) and a cycling blueprint ($150,000 to $75,000).
Albury councillor Graham Docksey believes the issue should be debated by a newly-elected council.
"I think we need to try and cement the friendship with Wodonga but also think about what their aspirations are, they can be different to ours, because we're two different cities," he said.
Cr Docksey suggested Wodonga Council's shelving of a joint plan for a caravan park on Lincoln Causeway was motivating Cr King's stance.