Alex Rupp

Alex Rupp, manager of Jack Brooks Regional Airport speaks with Commissioners.

Jefferson County Commissioners have tentatively committed to approving a budget for the coming fiscal year that will not raise the tax burden placed on property owners, but in order to do so, the elected leaders have to figure out how to balance a budget with more funding requests and less income.

According to Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick, who heads the Commissioners Court, the county has been hard hit by lowered gas prices.

American Airlines Eagle

In a PowerPoint slideshow and presentation at a workshop of the Jefferson County Commissioners Court on Monday, April 22, Jack Brooks Regional Airport Manager Alex Rupp offered an update on the airport and the success of the new American Airlines American Eagle route from Jack Brooks to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Director Alex Rupp (inset) and the ribbon cutting for inaugural flight.

Less than a year after the unexpected resignation of Jack Brooks Regional Airport Direct Jennifer Hogencamp in July 2012, Jefferson County Commissioners voted at their meeting Tuesday, Feb. 13, to make interim director Alex Rupp the permanent head of their airport.