The continuing questions over council's financial management have bled into a performance review of general manager Leanne Barnes.
In a closed session at Wednesday's council meeting, Ms Barnes's performance was assessed at the halfway mark of her current three-year contract.
It was noted Ms Barnes is "performing more than satisfactorily and the councillors are appreciative of her commitment and dedication to the organisation and the Bega Valley community".
However, in the opinion of the performance review committee, she "did not meet expectations in the area of finance".
The resolution was moved by Crs Liz Seckold and Jo Dodds and followed questions without notice from Crs Mitchell Nadin and Robyn Bain about an apparent mismatch in two sets of financial figures which should be the same.
In earlier reporting, ACM reflected this motion as councillors having lost confidence in Ms Barnes's dealing with the council finances.
However, in clarifying the resolution of the council, Mayor Sharon Tapscott said any suggestion along those lines "is deeply unfair".
"Nowhere does it talk about a loss of confidence in Ms Barnes or that the GM was censured," Cr Tapscott said.
"Clearly financial reporting has been identified as an area of improvement; an area Leanne acknowledges, but to turn the assessment result into an allegation of a motion of non confidence is deeply unfair."
The GM's performance review included six areas where Ms Barnes "exceeded expectations" and 10 where she received a rating of "meets expectations" the now public review states.
"Minor shortcomings in financial management and reporting were flagged and we have commenced a plan to address those areas with the GM," Cr Tapscott said.
Under her contract, Ms Barnes will remain as the general manager of BVSC until December 31, 2021.