Bit of both to be honest @brap2
First and foremost, the £280m loan from central government via local government was only ever going to cover 50% (at best) of the cost. So we were already out and about looking for the rest.
You can read Andersons comments one of two ways:
1) Everton are negotiating hard ball with the council and are using this to gain lenciency/free-passes somewhere else in the relationship. (e.g. planning permissions).
2) Whilst looking elsewhere for the rest of the funding, we have found out it is a more attractive proposition tan first thought and we can do it at a reasonable cost without the council and the associated delays all the nobheads will make the council endure.
First option definitely has the air of "ring-fenced money".
The second option would go someway to explain why we are a few months behind where I would expect though.