(Clarinda) -- Page County officials have agreed on a starting wage for county deputies. During its regular meeting Thursday, the Page County Board of Supervisors approved a starting wage of $25.30 an hour for deputies in the county sheriff's office. The decision followed a discussion between the board and Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer. Previous talks had centered around a $27 an hour wage based on a 2,080-hour work year. But, Supervisor Chair Alan Armstrong says the county is moving to 2,088 hours in the upcoming fiscal year knocking down the hourly wage. Despite less call volume than area police departments due to their concentration, Palmer says one of his primary reasons for wanting a higher pay is that deputies often respond to calls on their own.