Leisure centre bosses have dispelled the idea that £600,000 will be saved if private providers are appointed to run East Staffordshire's facilities.
Councillor Whittaker said £600,000 of tax-payers' money would be saved from a leisure services bill of £1.6 million if plans to enlist private trusts to run a host of facilities across the borough went ahead.
He said five bidders were competing to run the Meadowside and Uttoxeter leisure centres.
However, a council spokesman has now said the figures quoted were "not up to date" and the real numbers were "genuinely unknown at this stage".
The spokesman said: "Further to the newspaper article covering the 50 Plus Forum question and answer session with Colin Whittaker, the council would like to point out that the outsourcing exercise is a commercially sensitive matter in which we need to get the best value for the public, the council and its partners, such as the NHS.
"The financial figures mentioned are not up to date. Specific details relating to financial issues such as savings and pricing for example, are genuinely unknown at this stage because a competitive bidding exercise has yet to be undertaken.
"No-one knows at this stage what level of savings can be made and also where these will be made.
"Stakeholders, customers and residents will be informed of the outcome of these negotiations at the appropriate time, when they have been completed."