The Democrats have urged the Government to adopt a $30 billion relief package in the Budget in March to help citizens cope with the economic downturn. The 21-point package, to be discussed by a coalition of eight political parties next week, will be submitted to Financial Secretary Antony Leung Kam-chung when Democrat legislators meet him on Friday. The parties will also meet Mr Leung individually to put forward their proposals. In the package announced yesterday, the Democrats urged the Government to freeze the collection of rates for a year, at an estimated cost of $14.8 billion. It also called for a tax allowance for middle-income people of up to $50,000, saving them 10 to 50 per cent on tax. The proposal would cost the Treasury up to $4.5 billion. The Democrats also called for the creation of an $18 billion fund to help homeowners suffering negative equity re-mortgage their properties. The party said the Government should create more jobs, step up help to small and medium-sized enterprises, spend more to stimulate the economy and support more cross-border co-operation. It also suggested a revamp of the profits tax system and suggested the creation of personal tax deduction allowances and the establishment of a green tax - a levy on environmentally damaging products. Party chairman Martin Lee Chu-ming said whether people survived the economic downturn would depend on the Government's acceptance of its proposals. 'If the Government fails to heed our call, our international city will slump,' Mr Lee said.