Now the task at hand is to find a way to fund both. Council members are eying a projected $13 million surplus for the end of the current fiscal year, but the administration has resisted committing those funds to ongoing expenses, preferring to see them shore up the pension system and other needs. But surely that can represent at least part of the solution. The mayor has proposed covering a small portion of the council's wish-list from the new youth fund voters approved, but Mr. Young has balked, arguing that the fund was intended to support new, community-directed programs and activities above and beyond what was already being done. If the council can find palatable alternative cuts to protect the sanctity of the fund, great, but this is why we objected to the youth fund in the first place. Sometimes a little flexibility is needed to achieve a greater good, and in this case, that means securing Ms. Pugh's commitment to the council's school funding demands for the next three years.