Economists with Illinois State and Knox College crunched the numbers in the study and say the number of jobs created and potential revenue generated are inflated. They say the study fails to look at key factors, one being the county's current operating debts and surpluses, which the project will be built on. "Clearly if it runs an operating deficit then it will require tax funds that might have been used for something else," said Knox College economist Richard Stout. Bradley University economist Robert Scott, who conducted the original study, counters by saying Stout forgot to do his homework. "He sounds to me like a very bright guy, but like the other folks he never contacted us for our data. Why don't the tell you by how much they think there was an exaggeration and then in the spirit of what citizens for responsible spending have told you, then voters have the opportunity to say gee...their numbers are different."
But for Alms, she just wants to keep taxpayers from hearing this from those who are behind the project, "We built it. Oops we're sorry, we thought we were going to make projections, we didn't. Now we've built it, don't you want to see it be successful, we need more money." When asked why he didn't look at the data used to compile the Bradley study, Stout says just pointing out the report didn't include current surpluses and deficits is good enough.