The mayor hasn't provided much detail yet about the cuts she found, other than to say they were "difficult," "painful" and deleterious to "the public good and the effective functioning of city government." She said in a statement that they will affect functions including graffiti removal, code enforcement, public health, tree maintenance, libraries, merit raises for employees and support for art museums. Mr. Young and the council have made some counter-proposals, and we certainly urge them to keep up their efforts to find another $900,000 or so in cuts to support Experience Corps and before- and after-school care programs. Now that the mayor has publicly stated a willingness to make cuts to restore funding for youth programs — as opposed to letting any cuts the council makes fund a minuscule reduction in the property tax — the two sides have a basis for negotiation. Indeed, talks are already underway.